ERIC Number: EJ721861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Reference Count: 64
Balancing Paid Work and Studies: Working (-Class) Students in Higher Education
Moreau, Marie-Pierre; Leathwood, Carole
Studies in Higher Education, v31 n1 p23-42 Feb 2006
Engagement in paid work during term-time amongst undergraduates in England has increased in recent years, reflecting changes in both higher education funding and labour market policy. This article draws on research with students in a post-1992 university to explore undergraduate students' accounts of combining work and study during term-time and the various strategies they employ in their attempts to balance the two. Many of the students in this study may be described as "non traditional" entrants, and attention is paid to the ways in which students' accounts reflect issues of social class. It is argued that the transfer of responsibility for funding university study from the state to the individual student and their families, and the lack of attention paid to the demands of term-time work in higher education and institutional policy, risks reinforcing and exacerbating inequalities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Social Class, Higher Education, Working Hours, Study, Educational Finance, Educational Change, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)