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ERIC Number: ED515052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 328
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5792-2426-4
Understanding the Working College Student: New Research and Its Implications for Policy and Practice
Perna, Laura W., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Despite the fact that work is a fundamental part of life for nearly half of all undergraduate students--with a substantial number of "traditional" dependent undergraduates in employment, and working independent undergraduates averaging 34.5 hours per week--little attention has been given to how working influences the integration and engagement experiences of students who work, especially those who work full-time, or how the benefits and costs of working differ between traditional age-students and adult students. The high, and increasing, prevalence and intensity of working among both dependent and independent students raises a number of important questions for public policymakers, college administrators, faculty, academic advisors, student services and financial aid staff, and institutional and educational researchers, including: Why do so many college students work so many hours? What are the characteristics of undergraduates who work? What are the implications of working for students' educational experiences and outcomes? And, how can public and institutional policymakers promote the educational success of undergraduate students who work? This book offers the most complete and comprehensive conceptualization of the "working college student" available. It provides a multi-faceted picture of the characteristics, experiences, and challenges of working college students and a more complete understanding of the heterogeneity underlying the label "undergraduates who work" and the implications of working for undergraduate students' educational experiences and outcomes. The volume stresses the importance of recognizing the value and contribution of adult learners to higher education, and takes issue with the appropriateness of the term "non-traditional" itself, both because of the prevalence of this group, and because it allows higher education institutions to avoid considering changes that will meet the needs of this population, including changes in course offerings, course scheduling, financial aid, and pedagogy. This book contains three sections. Section I, "Work as a Form of Financial Aid", contains (1) Undergraduate Work and the Student Aid System (Sandy Baum). Section II, "Work as a Component of Student Identity", contains: (2) Adult Workers as Undergraduate Students: Significant Challenges for Higher Education Policy and Practice (Carol Kasworm); (3) Overcoming Adversity: Community College Students and Work (John S. Levin, Virginia Montero Hernandez and Christine Cerven); (4) Mobile Working Students: A Delicate Balance of College, Family, and Work (Mary Ziskin, Vasti Torres, Don Hossler and Jacob P.K. Gross); and (5) Academic Success for Working Adult Students (Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon, Amy K. Swan, Nancy L. Deutsch and Bruce Gansneder). Section III, "Work as a Vehicle for Promoting Cognitive Development and Learning", contains (6) Using Economics to Illuminate the Dynamic Higher Education Landscape (Doug Lynch, Michael Gottfried, Wendy Green and Chris Allen Thomas). A foreword by Glenn DuBois and an introduction by Laura W. Perna are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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