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ERIC Number: EJ913660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1554-7558
Escaping Poverty: Rural Low-Income Mothers' Opportunity to Pursue Post-Secondary Education
Woodford, Michelle; Mammen, Sheila
Career and Technical Education Research, v35 n2 p81-102 2010
Using human capital theory, this paper identifies the factors that may affect the opportunity for rural low-income mothers to pursue post-secondary education or training in order to escape poverty. Dependent variables used in the logistic regression model included micro-level household variables as well as the effects of state-wide welfare policies. Data for our sample of rural low-income mothers came from two waves of a USDA-funded multistate, longitudinal project. The variables that were statistically significant in determining rural mothers' post-secondary educational opportunities included the tuition and fees for a community/technical college, whether or not the participant's father had a post-secondary education, whether or not the participant was living with a partner, the presence of a pre-school aged child, and whether or not the participant lived in a state that had strict Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) work requirements.
Association for Career and Technical Education Research. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Resource Education, 1310 South Sixth Street, 351 Education Building, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: 217-333-0807; Fax: 217-244-5632; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families