Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

First Advisor

Susan Hildebrandt


The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to determine what motivates secondary students to enroll or not in rural high school Spanish classes. Mostly white American graduates from a rural Midwest high school, in the context of a largely white rural town were contacted to determine participation interest in this study. Graduates that chose to participate were asked to complete a reflective video journal and participate in a semi-structured interview. Attribute coding, in vivo coding, and holistic coding were conducted on the reflective journals and semi-structured interviews. Participants detailed numerous variables that were investigated and determined to be involved in their decision-making process (i.e. trusted adults, peers, systems, self-efficacy, perceived usefulness). These factors were combined into one complex system, with the ultimate outcome potentially seen as a regulator of enrollment choice.


Imported from Lehman_ilstu_0092N_12047.pdf


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