ERIC Number: ED459873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-27
Reference Count: N/A
Reactions of Nontraditional Women Students in an Introductory Class: Quilting Conversations.
Clark, Virginia F.
This discussion paper focuses on nontraditional female students in a developmental writing class at a small two-year college in Georgia. Through interviews, focus groups, and observation, the study discovered that women are entering college in greater numbers than ever, and the colleges, at times, have difficulty in building support systems and course work that will encourage these older students to stay in school and learn effectively. This paper presents a review of the literature concerning the nontraditional female student in college, composition theory and basic writing pedagogy, and women's thought and higher education. The report also discusses two women's stories, in particular a single mother who returned to school to become an elementary physical education teacher, and an older mother who hoped to update her computer skills and possibly become a kindergarten teacher. The paper discusses each of the two women in terms of a type of quilt, or a pattern their lives might represent. Quilts and quilt patterns are used as metaphors for the many layers of experience that these nontraditional students bring to class. (Contains 66 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Clarkston, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia