Experiences of discrimination and transition to university among indigenous undergraduate students

Bellows, Alissa-Rae (2015) Experiences of discrimination and transition to university among indigenous undergraduate students. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

It has been shown that Indigenous Canadians are well behind national education averages in terms of completion of secondary and post-secondary schooling (Gunn, 2011). This study investigates the social and academic experiences of Indigenous undergraduate students at Grenfell Campus as measured by questions from the First Year Experience Survey (CIAP, 2013) and the Everyday Discrimination Scale and the Heightened Vigilance Scale (Williams, 2014). Twenty-four students participated. It was found that 83.3% of these participants experienced varying levels of discrimination, from less than once per year to at least once per week. The level of discrimination experienced was positively correlated with heightened vigilance, difficulty in adjusting to university, as well as unpreparedness for university. This suggests the need for Canadian university campuses to investigate the matter further to ensure a positive educational experience for Indigenous students.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11618
Item ID: 11618
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-30).
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Indigenous peoples--Education (Higher)--Canada; Race discrimination--Psychological aspects; Undergraduates--Canada--Psychology; Vigilance (Psychology)

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