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ERIC Number: ED129367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Pages: 113
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The Mature-Woman Student at Skyline College. Research Report Number 1.
Steele, Gertrude M.
A survey was conducted of 921 mature women students (aged 30 and over) enrolled day and evening at Skyline College in fall 1972; 475 (52%) responded. The survey was designed to elicit demographic information, reasons why the women had previously interrupted their education, reasons for returning to school and primary goals, expectations and fears about returning to school, problems encountered at school, difficulties with transportation and scheduling, and the impact of return to school on relationships with husbands, children, and friends. Among the study findings were: half of the respondents were over 40 years of age; three-fourths were married; 90% had children; 50% worked outside the home (40% full-time); 39% had only or less than a high school education; 10% were full-time students; nearly three-fourths had been out of school for ten or more years; and over half had attended Skyline for more than one year. The data indicated that the women interrupted their education at earlier periods of their lives because of stereotypic sex-role attitudes of parents, school counselors, and society at large. Many (40%) returned to school because they "always wanted to." Goals of the women were equally divided between preparation for employment, skill up-grading for present jobs, preparation for new careers, and self-enrichment. Recommendations for improvement of services to mature women, an extensive bibliography, and the survey instrument are included. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Skyline Coll., San Bruno, CA.