ERIC Number: EJ1054633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Momentum Trumps Intention: Failed Intentions toward Higher Education of Low-Wage Working Women
Deutsch, Francine M.; Ta, Phuong H.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v63 n1 p15-25 2015
Two longitudinal studies examined the effects of explicit intention, as described in Ajzen's (1991) theory of planned behavior, on preschool teachers' success in enrolling in college. In the first study, 88 low-wage female teachers and teachers' aides who represented 85 child care centers were surveyed about their intentions to pursue college within the following 2 years. Momentum trumped intention. Participants already in school were likely to continue, but those who intended to enroll largely did not. In the second study, 34 preschool teachers were interviewed in-depth about their plans for college, and then re-interviewed 2 years later. Intentions were derailed because of financial and health problems, as well as disillusionment with the field of preschool education. The few who fulfilled their intentions to enroll found fully-funded programs and continued in the field of education. Financial support, as well as career counseling, are key for programs designed to encourage nontraditional students.
Descriptors: Employed Women, Intention, Higher Education, Enrollment, Preschool Teachers, Longitudinal Studies, Teacher Surveys, Academic Persistence, Nontraditional Students, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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