ERIC Number: ED320013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Turning Fins into Feathers, or Helping Students Soar. Decision Clarification for Non-Traditional Students.
Thoresen, Jean H.
Many single parents involved in higher education are nontraditional women students returning to school after raising children or recently divorced women who must equip themselves to improve or maintain the economic status of both themselves and their children. These students may need special help in identifying careers that interest them. It is also crucial that they know which people in their lives can provide the most support and those who may, deliberately or inadvertently, sabotage the returning student's educational goals. When an institution does not have a program to help such students, the role of the individual faculty member or advising staff member becomes even more important. Two techniques based on values clarification and values realization research and materials may be especially useful: "Prior Jobs Inventory" and "Relationship Circles." Although advising should not become "unlicensed therapy," values clarification techniques can be easily and properly used by faculty and advisors who become trained in their application. Research suggests that these techniques are effective in helping nontraditional returning women students. Thus, the self-sufficiency of single parents within an educational environment can be enhanced. (Author/CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Education and Training: Route to Self-Sufficiency for Single Parents (2nd, Lexington, KY, June 12-14, 1990).