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Innovation in Research and Scholarship Features

Navigating Uncertainty and Responsibility: Understanding Inequality in the Senior-Year Transition

Pages 248-260 | Published online: 19 Jul 2017
 

Abstract

Relying on interviews with 62 college seniors, this study explores students’ experiences with uncertainty and responsibility as they approach graduation. Notable differences between first-generation and continuing-generation students emerged in relation to: (a) how seniors experienced responsibility and commitment as they approached graduation, and (b) how disparities in parental resources and information shaped uncertainty. The findings also highlight important racial variation that was found within these groups. Implications for research and student affairs practice are discussed.

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Notes on contributors

Blake R. Silver

Blake R. Silver, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia.

Josipa Roksa

Josipa Roksa, Professor of Sociology and Education, University of Virginia.

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