Soldier to student: Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college

Michael S. Sheppard, Nadia Kellam, Samantha Brunhaver

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Abstract

This Work in Progress Paper presents the creation of a codebook that will support a broader study focused on understanding the experiences of veterans with service-connected disabilities as they transition from the military into an undergraduate engineering program. Military careers and engineering student life have stark differences. This exploratory research study aims to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of engineering student veterans with service-connected disabilities as they transition into higher education. To investigate these transitions, we utilized semi-structured narrative interviews with three sophomore engineering students with disabilities. The participants were purposively selected for maximum variability across particular demographic characteristics. In this thematic analysis, we explored the rich narratives of the students' transitions from military members to undergraduate engineering students by coding the data and organizing the themes as they mapped to the Schlossberg Transition Theory. Further analysis of the data resulted in a codebook consisting of eight codes - two referring to one's self, three that characterize the transitional situation, one aligned with effective social support, and two codes denoting strategies these student veterans use to overcome the unique challenges associated with their transition from military member to engineering academic. The codebook will be presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019
Event48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2018Oct 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2018-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period10/3/1810/6/18

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Keywords

  • Qualitative research
  • Schlossberg Transition Theory
  • Service-connected disability
  • Student veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Sheppard, M. S., Kellam, N., & Brunhaver, S. (2019). Soldier to student: Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college. In Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings [8658610] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2018-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658610

Soldier to student : Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college. / Sheppard, Michael S.; Kellam, Nadia; Brunhaver, Samantha.

Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. 8658610 (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2018-October).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sheppard, MS, Kellam, N & Brunhaver, S 2019, Soldier to student: Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college. in Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings., 8658610, Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE, vol. 2018-October, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018, San Jose, United States, 10/3/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658610
Sheppard MS, Kellam N, Brunhaver S. Soldier to student: Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college. In Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2019. 8658610. (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658610
Sheppard, Michael S. ; Kellam, Nadia ; Brunhaver, Samantha. / Soldier to student : Exploring the unique skills and challenges veterans with disabilities bring to college. Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE).
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