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ERIC Number: EJ1104978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Poverty and Knowing: Exploring Epistemological Development in Welfare-to-Work Community College Students
Pizzolato, Jane Elizabeth; Olson, Avery B.
Review of Higher Education, v39 n4 p571-596 Sum 2016
Through a one year-long, qualitative study of welfare-to-work students, this study investigates the developing epistemologies of women enrolled in a community college CalWORKs program. We investigate how poverty as a macro-environment and the community college as a micro-environment influence participants' epistemological development. Findings demonstrate poverty suppresses epistemological development through socialization, as experiences with disenfranchisement impede participants' beliefs in self as knower, and reify the value of absolute submission to authority. Additionally, we find that poverty impacts the types of epistemologies used and normalizes these epistemologies through the experience of intergenerational poverty. Theoretical, practical, and policy implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
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