Delicate Engagement: The Lived Experience of Community College Students Enrolled in High-Risk Online Courses
Community College Review Volume 36, Number 3, ISSN 0091-5521
This article reports the findings of a phenomenological study that examined the lived experience of community college students enrolled in high-risk online courses (HRCs) at a community college in the American Southeast. HRCs were defined as college courses with withdrawal or failure rates of 30% or more. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 students enrolled in four different HRCs. Isolation, academic challenge, ownership, and acquiescence emerged as structural themes that framed the experience of participants. These structural themes intermingled in discrete ways that led to the survival or surrender of these HRC participants and formed the essence of the phenomenon that is referred to as delicate engagement, which speaks to the vulnerable threads of academic and social involvement that permeated the HRC student experience. (Contains 1 table.)
Bambara, C.S., Harbour, C.P., Davies, T.G. & Athey, S. (2009). Delicate Engagement: The Lived Experience of Community College Students Enrolled in High-Risk Online Courses. Community College Review, 36(3), 219-238.
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