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ERIC Number: EJ941291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
"Starting from Ground Zero:" Constraints and Experiences of Adult Women Returning to College
Deutsch, Nancy L.; Schmertz, Barbara
Review of Higher Education, v34 n3 p477-504 Spr 2011
Women adult students face particular constraints when pursuing degrees. This paper uses focus group data to explore the educational pathways, barriers, and supports of women students. Women's educations are shaped by personal and structural gendered forces, including family, economic, and workplace issues. Women report conflict over short-term sacrifices versus long-term gain for their families and experience stress from the competing demands of family and school roles. They also rely on families for support. When families and academic communities value the student role, women are better able to balance their roles and cope with the stress of returning to school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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