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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 206
Title: Exploring Intergenerational Influences on First-Generation College Students
Lead Author: George-Jackson, Casey E
Abstract: First-generation students are currently underrepresented in higher education and in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. While extensive research has been conducted on first-generation college students, little is known about how other individuals of the previous generation influence these students college aspirations, enrollments, choice of major, and educational outcomes. This paper briefly outlines potential research questions and methodologies that would allow for first-generation students to be disaggregated by intergenerational influences, as well as further understandings of these types of students as family structures become increasingly complex. The fields of education, sociology, economics, and demography are offered as potential disciplines from which to study this line of inquiry. Such research is expected to further understandings of first-generation students, as well as create programs and policies that increase college attendance, entrance into STEM fields, and degree attainment through non-traditional avenues for these types of students.
PDF: GeorgeJackson_Casey_206.pdf

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