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Warming Up Aspirations: Students Who Initially Did Not Have Plans for College Who Later Apply

Stephanie Lee Steele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Hendersonville

March 1, 2010 - Dr. Stephanie Lee Steele's proposal has been accepted to present at American Educational Research Association, in Denver, Colorado, recently. In her presentation entitled Warming Up Aspirations: Students Who Initially Did Not Have Plans for College Who Later Apply, she will discuss her study that examines students who stated no plans to attend college immediately after high school as tenth grade students but did apply to a college as a twelfth grade student before leaving high school. This study pauses the period between aspirations and enrollment and looks deeper into what is happening before a student even leaves high school. For these students to change their minds to act and apply, she proposes that someone else played an important role in their decision. Her hypothesize is tenth grade students who originally did not intend to go to college and yet did apply in the twelfth grade have had their aspirations warmed up by others whose influence has propelled them to action.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. (May, 2010)


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