Term

Summer 8-14-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Ilene Fraser

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Camela Swanson

Abstract

The research question highlights the importance of personal narrative and explores the notion that reframing one’s story can have a strong impact on future success. The author discusses research pertaining to disconnected learners and examines the way in which personal stories influence classroom motivation. The data collection process takes an autobiographical approach as three non-traditional students share their educational life histories. Students’ stories are comprehensively explored through interviews, a review of student records, and observations. Each documented educational journey emphasizes the significance of individual stories and the importance of acknowledging the unique struggles faced by non-traditional students.

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