Tamara Olive, PhD ’09 will be making a 30 minute paper presentation entitled Desire for Higher Education in First-Generation Hispanic College Students, based on dissertation research she conducted while at Saybrook.
University of Cambridge, UK
International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
August 2-5, 2010
The conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social sciences, as well as between the social sciences and the natural sciences, applied sciences and the professions.
Tamara’s paper has been published in Volume 5, Number 1, 2010 of the The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a fully refereed academic Journal.
Tamara is also an associate editor for this volume of the journal.
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Following is my abstract and information:
Desire for Higher Education in First-Generation Hispanic College Students
by Tamara Olive
Empirical studies have examined first-generation college students, individuals whose parents have not attended college. Their academic preparation, cognitive development, personality characteristics, and first-year performance have been topics of research. However, there appears to be little in the literature exploring the motivation of these individuals to seek higher education. This study examines the desire to attend college among first-generation Hispanic students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate achievement program designed to increase the attainment of terminal degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The descriptive phenomenological research method (Giorgi, 1985) was employed with participants in a Texas university designated as a Hispanic-serving institution. The results of this research identify the roles of resilience, previous success, awakened awareness, comfort in the academic environment, a need to contribute to others or to society, a break with tradition, a process of self-discovery, and the influence of valued individuals in facilitating a desire for higher education.
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Dr. Tamara Olive
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Sul Ross State University
Alpine, Texas, USA
Dr. Olive teaches in the graduate counseling program at Sul Ross State University. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, California, and currently maintains a part-time private counseling practice in San Angelo, Texas. She is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and a certified school counselor. She has worked as a clinical counselor and academic advisor in higher education settings. Her research interests include the desire for higher education in first-generation college students and the efficacy of humanistic approaches with foster children in the clinical environment.