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Palgrave Macmillan

Higher Education and First-Generation Students

Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority

ISBN 9780230114678
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Higher Education and First-Generation Students offers readers a rich understanding of the experience of students who are first in their family to attend college. This book contends that first-generation students are isolated and marginalized on many large college campuses and considers learning communities and critical multicultural pedagogies as vehicles to cultivate community, voice, and place for this new majority of students. This book is a theoretically informed study of the lived experience of FG students and draws on their voices to demonstrate how their insights interface with what we, as educators, think we know about them. What can we learn from these students?  How might their insights inform and shape the learning spaces we create for them? 

Rashné Rustom Jehangir is Assistant Professor in the General College and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

PART I: GETTING THERE: FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS AND THE ROAD TO COLLEGE * A Long Way from Home: Deeping our Understanding of First-Generation Students * Strangers without Codebooks: Isolation and Marginalization * PART II: BEING HERE: SURVIVING THE TRANSITION TO COLLEGE * Re-Imagining with University: Theoretical Approaches to Serving First-Generation College Students * Toward Community, Connectedness, and Care * PART III: GETTING THROUGH: LESSONS FROM FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS * Rationale and Design for the Multicultural Learning Community * Belonging and Finding Place * Claiming Self: Identity and Academic Voice * On Critiques and Possibilities


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