A social constructionist view of issues confronting first-generation college students

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Drawing on interviews with first-generation college students (FGS), the author argues that the students' culture affects college attendance and success. Although FGS often have a vocational perspective to college, the author found that they seek meaningful work with good pay. The author also suggests that good decision making, academic preparation, and a strong social network (family, friends, teachers, and others) play a crucial role in helping FGS adjust to college.

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