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    What’s it like to come to college: Exploring the experience of female students in University.


    Casey, Fiona (2016) What’s it like to come to college: Exploring the experience of female students in University. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis set out to examine the experience of female students in university and how their experience impacts on their understanding of their concept of identity. This qualitative research study explores, through in-depth interviews, the experience of five current undergraduate female students in Maynooth University. The themes of the interviews included; transitioning to university and role of family and peer support. Erikson’s life span personality development theory provides the foundation in understanding these students experience of university. Marcia’s four Identity statuses are used in interpreting the student’s reflections on their university life. The data from the interviews highlights the importance of friendships and peer relationships. This significant factor is present in various identity statuses and circumstances. My aim for this study is to highlight the importance of the non-academic university experience. I hope this enquiry will raise a deeper awareness of the personal development and life transitions that students experience during their university life.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: M.Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.; experience; experiences; female students; female; students; identity; support; university; life;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 9609
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 09:02
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