ERIC Number: EJ875136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Inspiration from Home: Understanding Family as Key to Adult Women's Self-Investment
Vaccaro, Annemarie; Lovell, Cheryl D.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v60 n2 p161-176 2010
As the number of nontraditional-age students grows on college campuses, it is essential for higher education practitioners to understand if and how older students, especially women, become and remain engaged in their education. A review of the educational engagement literature reveals images of disengaged adult learners whose work and family responsibilities inhibit them from fully focusing on school. Yet other literature shows adult women excelling beyond their traditional-age peers. This qualitative study sought to better understand educational engagement for older women students. Overall, study findings revealed that although family can be a greedy institution, kin also served as a source of educational inspiration for women. A concept called self-investment is introduced as an alternative to educational engagement.
Descriptors: College Students, Nontraditional Students, Higher Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Learner Engagement, Females, Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Family School Relationship, Conflict, Stopouts, Student Motivation, Feminism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement