ERIC Number: EJ906430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
"No Hesitation; I Would Do It Again:" Women over 40 Who Enroll in Graduate School
Thomas, Carolyn M.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n1 p55-67 2010
Women over 40 years old are enrolling in graduate school in record numbers; however, extant literature discusses women who reenter universities at the undergraduate level. This multiple case study focused on 17 women over 40 who enrolled in graduate school programs at universities and seminaries. Results of the open-ended interviews revealed 5 salient emergent themes: 1) the decision-making process was very difficult, 2) support networks were both desirable and necessary for completion of their programs, 3) academic and technological challenges, while arduous, were not insurmountable, 4) relationships with faculty and younger students were accommodating and amiable, and 5) in retrospect, the decisions to attend graduate school were enthusiastically affirmed.
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Females, Graduate Students, Interviews, Womens Education, Womens Studies, Reentry Students, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Decision Making, Social Capital, Collegiality, Reflection, Influence of Technology, Academic Support Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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