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"I Came in Unsure of Everything": Community College Students' Shifts in Confidence

Conference: American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting
Date and Time: August 20, 2012 10:30 AM–11:30 AM
Location: Building and Room TBA

Drawing on qualitative interviews with nearly 100 students at three community colleges, this presentation examines how the confidence of new community college students shifts at the outset of their college career. Analysis reveals that academic identity and confidence are socially constructed at the intersection of personal history and expectations for success.

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Susan Bickerstaff
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center

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