Concept Model: Perceptions of Educational Outcomes

The concept models our team is presenting are two graphs related to working post-traditional students. The models titled, Perceptions of Education Outcomes, was created from early data from interviews with student participants. The graphs are describing a misconception about education. The graph on the left, figure 1, is the expectation that personal resources invested in college relate directly with future earning potential. Figure 2 is a graph that relates the educational journey with a perceived increase in vocational autonomy and benefits. We believe these graphs will shed some light on some of the expectations and motivations driving students’ career choices. After we dive further into the data, we can contrast these perceptions with the reality of the student’s journey maps.

Graphs showing student’s expectations that invested personal resources are directly related to earning potential, autonomy, and vocational benefits.