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ERIC Number: ED569100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-7679-0
The Academic Experiences of Women Post 9/11 Veterans Attending Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
Grunden, Cynthia
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Roosevelt University
This study explores the perspectives of women Post 9/11 veterans on their experiences in the military and subsequently in higher education. Using feminist research methodology, I interviewed three women veterans about their decisions to join the military, their gendered experiences in the military, their decisions to enroll in college, and their transitions to civilian and college life. I analyzed the women's stories using both feminist theories and research on veterans in college. The study found that the women veterans experienced the military very differently than men and that their gendered experiences in the military impacted their transitions to both civilian and college life. While serving in the military, the women routinely experienced misogyny and the threat of sexual violence, which contributed to the symptoms of PTSD they experienced when they separated from the military. The women's stories revealed that they were reluctant to identity as veterans to their classmates and their professors, thus making it more difficult for colleges to engage them. Based on my analyses of this data, my recommendations to college personnel include establishing a campus veteran center with services expressly designed for women, educating faculty and staff on the transitional issues that veterans face with an emphasis on understanding how women's gendered experiences in the military impact them, and considering the unique needs of veterans when designing all business practices and programs at their colleges. [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
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Language: English
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