Posted: August 3rd, 2022

Competencies Measured

  • Competency 1: Analyze the methodology used in scientific research.

    Identify the study sample in the chosen research.
    Identify the methodology used in the chosen research. 

  • Competency 2: Evaluate the characteristics, purposes, benefits, strengths, and weaknesses of research methods.

    Identify the main themes in the chosen research. 
    Identify the research question or questions in the chosen research.
    Describe the theoretical framework of the chosen research study.
    Describe the findings in the chosen research. 

  • Competency 6: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for members in the identified field of study.

    Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for members of an identified field of study, using APA style and formatting. 

Articles for the Weeks 3 & 6 Assignments

Posted on: Thursday, July 28, 2022 9:47:33 AM CDT

Articles for the Week 3 and Week 6 Assignments

Each of the assigned articles for the Weeks 3 and 6 assignments are downloadable in our course newsletter linked in the announcement from July 9, 2022. You will need to search the library for the formal hyperlinks necessary for the accurate APA style references that you will create for each article for the reference list, with the exception of the Kiebler and Steward (2021) article which is only available via the download provided in the course newsletter. For that article, you will include the DOI number, but not a hyperlink.

We suggest you read the “sample” article first and then look at how we “dissected” it in the template provided in the assignment area. Then, please read each article below to find the content required for the research matrix template.

Sample Article (Nin & Keeton, 2019)

Article Title: Challenges and realizations of first-generation students who navigated through transfer momentum points

Authors: Nin & Keeton

Year of Publication: 2019 

Article 1 (Capannola & Johnson, 2022)

Article Title: On being the first: The role of family in the experiences of first-generation college students

Authors (last names): Capannola & Johnson

Year of Publication: 2022

Article 2 (Garvey et al., 2020)

Article Title: Where I sleep: The relationship with residential environments and first-generation belongingness

Authors (last names): Garvey, Ballysingh, Dow, Howard, Ingram, & Carlson

Year of Publication: 2020

Article 3 (Kiebler & Stewart, 2021)

Article Title: Student experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives from first-generation/lower-income students and others

Authors (last names): Kiebler & Steward

Year of Publication: 2021


Article 4 (Almeida et al., 2021)

Article Title: How relevant is grit? The importance of social capital in first-generation college students’ academic success

Authors (last names): Almeida, Byrne, Smith, & Ruiz

Year of Publication: 2021

7860 Week 3 Assignment

Literature Review Research Matrix

Please note that the first row of data is meant as an example. Please read the example article (Nin & Keeton,


020) as a guide for how to dissect each article assigned.

Parenthetical Citation

Main Themes/


Research Question(s)

Theoretical Framework or Model

Population & Sample description & “N=”

Methodology& Design

Summary of Findings


(Nin & Keeton, 2020)

Lack of institutional support, the importance of self-regulation and personal responsibility, family support, and importance of financial resources

What challenges do first-generation community college students experience when navigating through the process of transferring to a four-year university?

Ben and Eaton’s model of student retention

N =



Students from a large, public, community college volunteered to participate in the study.



 The participants began community college with limited experience and knowledge about higher education. Their limited income, experience, and a lack of parental guidance led to many challenges. These challenges included difficulties with financing their education, feelings of isolation, setback and obstacles (poor grades, struggles in class, repeated course withdrawals), and struggles balancing work and school commitments, sometimes because of a lack of motivation in early college career. However, what the students all had in common was that they learned how to navigate community college and made new realizations, which guided them through momentum points. Analysis of the interview transcripts resulted in four challenges and four realizations that were consistent in this group of first-generation students: Limited income, developing financial awareness, feeling isolated and alone, utilizing support systems and campus resources, setbacks and obstacles, staying focused and hopeful, lack of motivation in early college career, and finding their drive.

Capannola & Johnson, 2022

family relationships, first-generation college students, qualitative

Braun and Clarke’s inductive thematic analysis


large public university in the Southeastern

qualitative phenomenological design

 Garvey et al., 2020

Does a Sense of belonging contributes to academic success, persistence, and self-efficacy among students, and is especially poignant for first-generation students ?

Strayhorn’s (2012) sense of belonging model:


 email using students’ university-provided email addresses and via social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We provided incentives to promote survey completion among student respondents








Nin, O. F., & Keeton, R. (2020). Challenges and realizations of first-generation students who navigated through transfer momentum points. Community College Journal of

Research and Practice, 44(4), 273-287.

Garvey, J. C., Ballysingh, T. A., Dow, L. B., Howard, B. L., Ingram, A. N., & Carlson, M. (2020). WHERE I SLEEP: THE RELATIONSHIP WITH RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTS AND FIRST-

GENERATION BELONGINGNESS. College Student Affairs Journal, 38(1), 16-33.


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