ERIC Number: ED404928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-8
Older Women in the Academy: Games We Learn To Play Coping with Systems of Inequity.
Erickson, Jacqueline M.
This critical qualitative study explored the obstacles older women encounter as they pursue doctorates. Introductory material identifies steps in a critical qualitative approach including monological data collection, preliminary reconstructive analysis, dialogical data generation, and description and explanation of system relationships. Four women (ages 34 to 44) working on their dissertations in a doctoral program in educational administration were interviewed. Women identified such obstacles as: (1) lack of emotional support; (2) lack of financial support; and (3) a power structure that legitimizes marginalization of graduate students, particularly women and minorities. More specifically, participants interpreted the lack of emotional support as marginalization of women and lessening of their worth and perceived the 2-year limit on teaching assistantships as differentially impacting women financially since women often take longer than average to complete degrees due to family responsibilities and a greater relative burden from student loans. (Contains 24 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Administrator Attitudes, Adult Students, Coping, Equal Education, Family Work Relationship, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Paying for College, Sex Bias, Social Support Groups, Student Adjustment, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (Montreal, Canada, November 8, 1996).