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ERIC Number: EJ751145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
Student Employment and Higher Education: Empiricism and Contradiction
Riggert, Steven C.; Boyle, Mike; Petrosko, Joseph M.; Ash, Daniel; Rude-Parkins, Carolyn
Review of Educational Research, v76 n1 p63-92 Spr 2006
College student employment has been increasing steadily for at least four decades. At present, approximately 80% of all college students are employed while completing their undergraduate education. Even among students under the age of 24 at 4-year colleges, more than 50% are employed during the school year. Although some general trends are suggested by empirical research completed to date, studies that evaluate student employment and higher education are at times inconsistent and even contradictory. Despite the high prevalence of student employment, no theoretical models have been developed to explain the relationship between employment and student outcomes. This article briefly reviews the student employment--higher education empirical literature. Possible reasons for inconsistencies are suggested, including challenges posed by methodological issues and the absence of theoretical conceptualization. Some concluding suggestions are offered for addressing these empirical challenges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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