Rural Transition Theory: A Theory for Rural Midwestern Students Moving to College

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Autumn Kearney

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Students from the rural Midwest who are preparing to enter college do so with a unique combination of challenges stemming from the fact that many rural students are first-generation and low-income with little exposure to diverse populations (Howley, 2006). To best explain and explore their transition to America’s college campuses, Schlossberg’s transition theory, Bourdieu’s theory of social reproduction, and Rowe, Bennett, and Atkinson’s White Racial Consciousness Model are used as a framework to propose the rural transition theory. This theory provides student affairs practitioners with a deep understanding of the population so that rural students can be best supported.

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Kearney, A. (2019). Rural Transition Theory: A Theory for Rural Midwestern Students Moving to College. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 35-45. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jiuspa/article/view/27212
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