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Technology and Engagement

Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students

Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon (author) Ana M. Martinez-Aleman (author)
Mandy Savitz-Romer (author)

ISBN: 9780813594194

Publication Date: Feb 2018

Format: Paperback

This study is based on a four-year study of how first generation college students use social media, aimed at improving their transition to and engagement with their university. Through web technology, including social media sites, students were better able to maintain close ties with family and friends from home, as well as engage more with social and academic programs at their university.
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Technology and Engagement is based on a four-year study of how first generation college students use social media, aimed at improving their transition to and engagement with their university. Through web technology, including social media sites, students were better able to maintain close ties with family and friends from home, as well as engage more with social and academic programs at their university. This ‘ecology of transition' was important in keeping the students focused on why they were in college, and helped them become more integrated into the university setting. By showing the gains in campus capital these first-generation college students obtained through social media, the authors offer concrete suggestions for how other universities and college-retention programs can utilize the findings to increase their own retention of first-generation college students.
Illustrations 2 black & white photographs and 3 tables
Pages 224
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 28 Feb 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)   Impact of science & technology on society   Computing: general  
Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon is an associate professor of education at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Ana M. Martinez-Aleman is associate dean for faculty and a professor of education at Boston College. She is the author and editor of several books including Online Social Networking on Campus: Understanding What Matters in Student Culture.  

Mandy Savitz-Romer is a senior lecturer in education and faculty director of the Prevention Science and Practice Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success.

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