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Applying Organizational Leadership Theory to Evaluate a Community College Orientation and Preparation Program with Predominantly Latino/a Students: Qualitative Interviews in a Service-Learning Project

By: Luis M. Andrade, Angela Hoppe Nagao, Esmeralda Medrano, Josephine Macharia Lowe & Ding-Jo Currie Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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In this case study, a team of doctoral students—Luis M. Andrade, Angela Hoppe Nagao, Esmeralda Medrano, and Josephine Macharia Lowe—in a community college leadership program participated in a service-learning field project as part of an organizational theory course to analyze comparative outcomes of a college orientation and preparation program for a predominantly Latino/a student population at a local community college. Supervised by three community college leaders, the team sought to qualitatively understand Latino/a students' reasons to participate or not participate in an orientation program at the college. The team autonomously collected data and applied research methods, including qualitative interviews, to examine the situation, to analyze findings, and to provide recommendations. The objectives were to understand the real-world application of research and organizational theory in obtaining ...

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