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Author Kiekel, Crystal R., author.
Title Perceptions of climate and engagement for LGBTQ community college students / by Crystal R. Kiekel.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  LB2369 .Z962 2012 K54eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (v, 201 pages) : illustrations.
Content Type text
still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis Ed.D. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-183).
Summary This qualitative case study examines LGBTQ community college student perceptions and experiences with campus climate and student engagement. The purpose of this case study is to examine the extent to which community colleges are able to support and engage LGBTQ students in a way that will lead them to college success. Using phenomenological and ethnographic traditions, the researcher conducted 15 semi-structured interviews, a focus group, and a document analysis at a single, large, urban community college to assess the strengths and needs of that institution. The researcher built a conceptual framework from student engagement and campus climate theories and analyzed data through the lens of that framework. The researcher found that the campus climate was relatively inclusive and affirming of LGBTQ students when compared to the surrounding community. However, students experienced a constant subtext of subtle forms of alienation, known as microaggressions, in several arenas of the college. The researcher identified factors that inhibited and supported further academic engagement for these participants. Based on that analysis, the researcher made recommendations to improve community college campus climate for LGBTQ students.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 31, 2012).
Subject Sexual minority college students -- California -- Attitudes.
Community college students -- California -- Attitudes.
College environment -- California.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Education -- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Alternate Title Perceptions of climate and engagement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community college students
OCLC number 847544920