Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6195

Date

2018

Date of Award

7-20-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Leadership and Policy Studies

Concentration

Student Personnel

Committee Chair

William James Jacob

Committee Member

Donna J Menke

Committee Member

Wendy Griswold

Committee Member

Scott L Radimer

Abstract

Common expectations of incoming undergraduates have been identified, however, the influences on these expectations are varied and include input from high school, familial pressures, and the media. Incoming students consume messages regarding what college is like from these various sources, yet the specific impact of narrative media has yet to be investigated. Utilizing interviews of college students following their first full-time academic year, this study accomplishes two tasks. First, the types of expectations students have of four common assumptions of college congruent with previous research are identified. Then, the influences of narrative media are investigated and analyzed. The analysis of the data from the study results in the types of false expectations held by the subjects and three themes of the student expectations that include the complexity of influences, self-constructed experiences, and a high level of media literacy and understanding.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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