Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Learning Sciences and Human Development
Nontraditional students make up a larger population at community colleges than their traditional counterparts making this study a necessity to further explore their experience (American Association of Community Colleges, 2013). To better understand this population, a phenomenological approach was taken with an emphasis on a social constructivism framework. This qualitative study utilized Seidman's (2013) three step interviewing process with the aid of photographs taken by the participants to elicit in-depth interview responses. Moustakas' (1994) modified Stevick-Colaizzi-Keen Method of Analysis of Phenomenological Data was used in this study. Four themes emerged from participant's photographs and interviews: motivation, helpful faculty/staff, external responsibilities, and past educational experiences. Looking through the lens of an individual's educational experience provides a critical understanding of realities that can potentially impact policy.
Tuel, Alexander D., "The Nontraditional Community College Student: A Phenomenological Approach to the Educational Experience" (2014). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 295.