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dc.contributor.advisorLin, Jingen_US
dc.contributor.authorChoti, Truphena Moraaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-03T05:34:07Z
dc.date.available2009-07-03T05:34:07Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9306
dc.description.abstractABSTRACT Dissertation Title: UNIVERSITY GOING IN CONTEXT: A CASE STUDY OF GUSII STUDENTS OF SOUTHWESTERN KENYA Truphena Moraa Choti, Doctor of Philosophy, 2009 Directed By: Prof. Jing Lin, Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education, and International Education University of Maryland, College Park The main objective of this qualitative ethnographic case study is to ascertain the level of awareness and preparedness among high school students in Gusiiland, Southwestern Kenya, for university education opportunities and possibilities. Through an in-depth interviewing process, a purposive sample of twelve students and four focus groups were conducted in four Gusii high schools to capture students' perceptions and conceptions of the university going process. In addition, twelve parents and eight teachers participated in the study. The data were analyzed to identify a set of ideas, issues and themes from all the participants. Also, data from each target student were analyzed as case study, and later a cross-case analysis was undertaken to refine data across participants and schools. Utilizing the theories of social capital, cultural capital and human capital, this study explores the role of the family, school and community in the preparation of students' university going within their socio-cultural environment. Structural inequality in the distribution of educational resources, rigidness of the curriculum and overemphasis on examinations, extreme poverty and local politics emerged as some the barriers to university pathway for Gusii high school students. To overcome these impediments, students adopted unique strategies characterized by strict study schedule, group networks and holiday tuition to gain entry into university. This research contributes original material on the university going process in Kenya and hopes to shed light for future research in this hitherto unexplored academic area. Finding out what students know about higher education including their plans on how to pay for their university costs is worthwhile in helping Kenyan policy makers and scholars in understanding the needs of prospective undergraduate students entering Kenyan universities.en_US
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dc.titleUNIVERSITY GOING IN CONTEXT: A CASE STUDY OF GUSII STUDENTS OF SOUTHWESTERN KENYAen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducation Policy, and Leadershipen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEducation, Higheren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAccessen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledGusiien_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledKenyaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSchoolsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledStudentsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledUniversityen_US


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