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The Scholarship of a Movement: A 24-Year Content Analysis of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition


Author(s): Campbell, R. P., Saltonstall, M., & Buford, B.

Citation: Campbell, R. P., Saltonstall, M., & Buford, B. (2013). The Scholarship of a Movement: A 24-Year Content Analysis of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 25(1), 13-34.

 

Abstract

In recognition of 25th anniversary of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition (the Journal), a content analysis and review of Journal citations in other works was conducted. A team of three researchers coded type of research, type of intervention, target population, and topics of published manuscripts, and inter-rater reliability was assessed. The analysis explored methodology used, interventions examined, and populations studied. An inductive coding process identified several topics with many subcategories, revealing retention outcomes, noncognitive student characteristics, and ideas related to transition and socialization as important themes within the Journal. Also, by tallying content citations found via Google Scholar, the authors examined the Journal’s impact. Directions for possible future research in the field are discussed.

 

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