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ERIC Number: EJ1016456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Exploring Efficacy in Negotiating Support: Women Re-Entry Students in Higher Education
Filipponi-Berardinelli, Josephine Oriana
College Quarterly, v16 n2 Spr 2013
The existing literature on women re-entry students reveals that women students concurrently struggle with family, work, and sometimes health issues. Women students often do not receive adequate support from their partners or from other sources in helping manage the multiple roles that compete for their time, and often face constraints that affect their choice to return to school (Jackson, Malcolm, & Thomas, 2011). The aim of this study was to identify and understand how women re-entry students learned to negotiate support strategies and resources that they could utilize to offset potential stressors in their daily lives and facilitate program completion. A basic qualitative design using an interpretive approach was used to examine the observations and experiences of women re-entry students as they continued to juggle multiple roles while being a student. The findings of the study revealed four emergent themes: (1) factors that motivated women students to negotiate support; (2) perceived barriers to acquiring support or resources; (3) the influence of self-reflection on how support is negotiated; and (4) external systems utilized for support. This research revealed additional strategies women students resorted to not yet identified in the literature including resorting to unconventional measures to complete course work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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