A phenomenological study : the experience of women veterans in transition and adaptation to higher education

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Margaret Susan Dutnell (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Mary Herzog

Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the transition and adaptation of full-time, baccalaureate, degree-seeking female military students at colleges and universities in North Carolina that offer the Yellow Ribbon Program.Schlossberg’s Transition Theory (2011) was used as the theoretical framework to seek information regarding each woman veteran’s experience. Individual interviews were conducted, a journal was kept, and a review of websites for institutions in North Carolina that offer the Yellow Ribbon Program was performed. Credibility, dependability, and transferability of the results were sought through member checks, peer debriefing, and external audits.Conclusions showed most women veterans are non-traditional students that are not easily identified on campus. Some do not identify with being a veteran but do affiliate with men more than women. In addition, some women veterans seek educational opportunities in military towns due to familiarity and comfort. Many women veterans are anxious to earn their degrees and begin new careers. Therefore, the location and program delivery are important to them. Moreover, supportive staff, faculty, as well as the need for organizations and space is important to some of the woman.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
adaptation, education, higher, transition, veterans, women
Women veterans -- Education (Higher) -- North Carolina -- Case studies
Women college students -- North Carolina -- Attitudes -- Case studies

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