Kelly Ross presents! AERA 2019

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OU MOVE Lab member, Kelly Ross, successfully presented at AERA 2019 on her research focusing on understanding the freshman experience of belonging in public university classroom. Congratulations and great job!

Understanding college freshmen’s experience of belonging

Kelly Ross
University of Oklahoma


Does a sense of belonging contribute to freshman retention? This qualitative study sought to explore this question by examining the experience of belonging of freshman college students at a large Southwestern public university. Specific research questions are: How do freshmen experience a sense of belonging at this university? How does this experience differ based on whether students live on or off campus? How do freshmen experience a sense of belonging in the classroom? Preliminary analysis indicates students experience belonging on campus and in the classroom as feeling that people care about them.

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