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ERIC Number: EJ1164675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359 6748
Women, Higher Education and Family Capital: "I Could Not Have Done It without My Family!"
Webber, Louise Anne
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v22 n3 p409-428 2017
Previous research suggests that through engagement with higher education (HE), mature female students experience identity change and transformation which could lead to conflict and strain on family relationships. This paper analyses the links between family support and students' feelings of success. The findings are based on qualitative research methods focusing on whether HE changes a woman's identity and reconstructs family relationships using a theoretical lens of family capital as a tool of analysis. A narrative line of inquiry was used to build detailed stories of a small group of female students and their partners. The 11 women students were selected from one foundation degree in an Early Years programme at a further education institution. Data was constructed using mind mapping, focused interviews and a mosaic approach of participant-led research. This paper shows that HE transforms women's lives and the lives of their families. My paper contributes to knowledge on this topic through the development of a model of family capital. The paper concludes that through accessing family capital and having their studies valued by their family, women are able to minimise their feelings of guilt and be successful in their studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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