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parental involvement, mentor involvement, cultural background, and personal beliefs served as
mitigating influences for educational system. In some instances, more than one mitigating
concept was present on the supermap, indicating that numerous mitigating concepts affected how
education positively or negatively impacted the Family Doctor's path.
Money also had an impact on the Family Doctor's path ranking fifth in importance as
indicated in Table 2. The concept money appeared 40 times.
Mentors were also prominent in the Family Doctor's supermap, ranked sixth and
appearing 19 times, with four of those instances serving as mitigating factors for educational
system. The Family Doctor's parents were included in the list of mentors; therefore, some of the
mentor cells were also coded as family. So it seems that family, or in this instance, the Family
Doctor's parents, did act in a variety of ways throughout the Family Doctor's educational path,
both independently and in conjunction with other influences.
A phenomenon present in the Family Doctor's coded supermap was an overlap of
influences from cell-to-cell or multiple concepts acting together to influence the Family Doctor's
educational path. Of the 315 cells that were color-coded on the supermap, just 111 were coded
with only one color, or 35% of the coded cells. This finding seems to corroborate the theories of
Pace (1980) and Tinto (1993), who have noted that success in higher education is a complex mix
of multiple factors.
The Family Doctor continued to maintain that family was the biggest influence on his
academic success throughout the interview sessions. So in his mind, family was the reason for
his academic success.
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