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ERIC Number: ED549066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-4723-7
Older Adults and Life-Long Learning: Women over 50 Engaged in Post-Baccalaureate Study--A Phenomenological Inquiry
Frances, Susan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Argosy University, Seattle
In-depth interviews were conducted with eight female graduate students between the ages of 50 and 60 attending colleges in the Pacific Northwest, to examine personal experiences of motivation, challenges, benefits, personal growth and transformation through formal education. Participants reported positive experiences and personal outcomes, rewarding intergenerational relationships, and enhanced sense of competence, purpose and future goals. Challenges were reported as manageable, having a personal growth component. An unexpected factor was that most of the research group members were employed in the field of education. Reported experiences corroborate contemporary theories of female middle age as a time of transformation and redefinition of self. Areas for further study include longitudinal and follow-up studies, and other older populations including male students, non-educators, and undergraduates. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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