Examining the Perceived Benefits of a Career Course for English-Speaking First-Generation Hispanic and Latino Students
Dallas Campus (Online)
Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Ana Gomez de Torres
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
The problem that provoked this research is the incessant, declining retention, completion, and transfer rates among English-speaking, first-generation Hispanic and Latino students. Educational institutions continue to increase services, improve academic programs, enhance curriculum design, integrate technology, and consider alternative career paths to success with marginal to no improvement. The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived benefits of English-speaking, first-generation Hispanic and Latino students who participated in a career course instructed by a career professional compared to a course instructed by an academic adjunct faculty member. Developing one’s career remains a vital aspect of the college experience, and occupational success and academic excellence should symbolize a paralleled and interconnected journey. This qualitative case study approach deepened meaning, enhanced insight, and increased awareness and understanding of the phenomenon, and represented the most unbiased approach, limiting assumptions, generalizations, or presuppositions. I investigated this phenomenon by interviewing academic adjunct faculty members and career professionals with experience instructing English-speaking, first-generation Hispanic or Latino students attending a community college in Northcentral Arkansas. The study revealed that participants held no preferences with who leads career courses. Both groups acknowledged having favorable career conversations with students and expressed the positive impact Holland’s theory of personality types bears on students seeking career identity. Academic adjunct faculty tend to have goal-oriented conversations with their students, while career professionals have a propensity for career exploration discussions. Significant barriers included family dynamics, culture, language, citizenship status, access to technology, and gender.
Keywords: first-generation, career development, career professional, academic adjunct faculty, career course
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Mason, David Benjamin, "Examining the Perceived Benefits of a Career Course for English-Speaking First-Generation Hispanic and Latino Students" (2022). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 523.