Pathways to Success: A Case Study of Nontraditional Underprepared Students and Their Journey Through a Class Integrated With Developmental Reading and Dental Science




Lovato, Stella

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The purpose of this multi case study was to explore with five students perceptions of their learning experiences and challenges faced while enrolled in a dental assisting course that is integrated with reading. The study was rooted in a constructivist framework both as a research paradigm and as a theoretical perspective regarding adult learning. The overall question that guided the study was, "How do adult students perceive their learning experiences in a technical course that is integrated with developmental reading?" Purposeful sampling was used in the selection of the five participants for this study. The primary method of gathering information was the use of an open ended, semi-structured interview guide for three interviews. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, coded, and a variety of themes emerged from this analysis.



adult learning, developmental reading


Lovato, S. (2012). Pathways to success: A case study of nontraditional underprepared students and their journey through a class integrated with developmental reading and dental science (Unpublished dissertation). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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