Factors Students Consider in the Decision Making Process for Graduate Education

0

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist

Description

Factors Students Consider in the Decision Making Process for Graduate Education, Is A Well-Researched Topic, It Is To Be Used As A Guide Or Framework For Your Research.

Abstract

Using a qualitative methodology, the researcher studied the factors students consider in the decision making process for graduate education. Through conducting two focus groups that contained a total of thirteen participants. the researcher identified the factors
that were the most significant to their decision making during the decision making process for pursuing graduate education, applying to institutions, and the selection and enrollment at their institution. The researcher also identified reasons affecting the students’ decision of when to pursue graduate education and how their undergraduate
experience impacted the decision making process.

Table of Contents

Abstract ……………………………………………………………………………………. . …………. ……………. ii
DEDICATION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. iii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ………………………………………………………………………………….. iv
CHAPTER I ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… I
lntroduction ………………………. ………………………….. ……………………………………………………. I
Purpose of the Study …………………………………………………………….. ……… ………………….. 2
Research Question(s) …………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Significance of the Study …………………….. …………….. …………………………………………….. 3
Limitations of the Study …………………………………………………………………………………… . . 4
Definition of Terms ……………………………….. … ………………………………………………………. 5
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
CHAPTER II ……. …………… ……………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Review of Literature ………………………………………………………………………… ………………….. 7
Graduate Education ………………………………. ………………………………………………………….. 7
Online Courses …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9
Demographic Characteristic – Ethnicity ……………………………… …………………………….. 14
Demographic Characteristic – Gender ………………………………….. . . . . . . . …………………….. 20
Demographic Characteristic – First Generation …………………………………………………… 24
Demographic Characteristic – Adult Learner ……………………………………………………… 29
Individual Changeable Characteristics ……………………………………………………………….. 3 5
Financial Factors ………………………………………………………. ………………….. ……………….. 41
Program and Institutional Characteristics …………………………………………….. ……………. 52
Theoretical Framework ……………………………………………………………………………………. 59
Summary ……………………………………………………. ……………. ………………. ………………….. 62
CHAPTER III ……………………………………………………………………………….. ……………. ……. 66
Methodology ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
Design of the Study ………………………….. …………………………………………………………….. 66
Participants ………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………. 67
Focus Group One …………………………………………………………….. ………………………….. 68
Focus Group Two ………………………………………………………………………………………… 69

Research Site ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
Instrument ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ….. 70
Semi-structured interview ……………………………………………. ………. ………………………. 70
Researcher ………………………………….. ……………………………………….. …………………. .. . 71
Data Collection ……………………… ……………………………………………………………………….. 72
Treatment of Data . ……………… ………. ……… ………………………………………………………….. 72
Data Analysis ……………………………………………………………………….. ……………………….. 73
Summary ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 73
CHAPTER IV ………………………….. ……. ……… …………………………………………………………. 74
Results ………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………. ………. 74
Findings …………… ……………………. ………………………………………………………… … ….. ….. .. 74
Research Question #1 …………………………………………………………………………………… 74
Research Question #2 ………………….. …………………………… …………………………………. 79
Research Question #3 …………………………………………………………………………………… 84
Research Question #4 …………………………………………………………………………………… 89
Summary ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 93
CHAPTER V …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94
Discussion, Recommendations, and Conclusions ……………………………………………………. 94
Discussion ……………………………………….. ………………………….. ……….. ….. ….. … ………….. 94
Pursuing Graduate Education ………………. …………………………………………………. ……….. 95
Applying for Graduate Education ……………………….. .. …………………………. ………………. 98
Enrolling in Graduate Education ……………………………………………………………………… 106
Consideration of Undergraduate Institution for Graduate Education ……………………. 1 1 2
Connection to Theoretical Framework ………….. …………………………………………. ……… 1 1 5
Recommendations for Future Research ………………… …………………………………………. 1 19
Conclusion ………………. ……. ……………… …………………… … …………. …….. ………………….. 121
References……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 124
Appendix A …………………………. ………………… ……….. ………. … ………. ……………. … ………… 13 8
Appendix B ……… ……………………………………………………….. ……………………………………. 140
Appendix C ………………………………………….. ….. …………………………………………………….. 142
Appendix D …………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………. 143

Additional information

Author

Kiley Sturm

No of Chapters

5

No of Pages

153

Reference

YES

Format

PDF

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.