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TitleAn examination of self-identified reasons for student departure at a small liberal education institution in Canada
AuthorRichards, Sonia.
DescriptionThesis (M.Ed.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Education
Paginationxi, 163 leaves.
SubjectCollege dropouts--Canada; College freshmen--Canada--Attitudes; Education, Humanistic--Canada; Educational psychology--Canada;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Faculty of Education
Spatial CoverageCanada
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 125-143)
AbstractThis study explored the self-reported reasons why students, who were registered as first year students at a small, primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution, left after only one year of study. Data collection involved a mixed methods approach and the results were analyzed using a phenomenological approach, examining variables; social and academic integration, residential living, family commitments and finances. This study's findings confirmed there are a variety of reasons that students leave an institution after one year of study. The major findings revealed the reasons that the students self-reported for leaving were the inability to meet new friends, lack of career planning, unavailable program options and the cost to attend the institution. Because purposive sampling was used in the study, results cannot be generalized to the wider population but are consistent with the literature on student persistence. Based on the findings, the study did identify several recommendations that would be helpful in assisting with an institution's student persistence plans.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3183768
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
Scanning StatusCompleted
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