Soldier-students : a phenomenological study of the experiences of service members taking online courses while deployed in combat
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The purpose of this study was to describe the phenomenon of United States Service Members (SM) who took online college courses while deployed in combat zones. Prior to this, only two phenomenological studies had identified soldier-students as their focus. This study sought to more formally understand the experiences and implications of SM as soldier-students. The study examined how SM experiences and/or SM educational goals were affected across three categories of environmentally influenced variables, and explored what the military and higher education institutions could do to improve quality ...