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ERIC Number: EJ882793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Women Learners and Their "Virtual Handbags": Invisible Experiences and Everyday Contexts in Vocational Education
Daniels, Jeannie
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v29 n1 p77-91 Jan 2010
As more and more mature women return to vocational learning, the issues facing this group of learners are being acknowledged and attempts made to address these concerns. Many existing strategies, developed to address the needs of other groups of learners, are applied to mature women. These women are drawn into a formal learning environment in which their everyday lives and homeplace experiences are invisible or misunderstood. Based on research into the experiences of 12 mature-age women learners in Australia, this paper explores some issues for mature women returning to vocational education. I use the notion of women's "virtual handbags" to describe how, within the current framework of lifelong learning, women's homeplace experiences not only continue to be invisible, but can also be misconstrued to effectively create problems for women learners. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom