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ERIC Number: ED576571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3697-5271-7
A Parent's Dream Come True: A Study of Adult Students Who Are Parents and Their Academic Engagement in Higher Education
Muser, Heather M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Stanislaus
The context and experiences of student-parents is an important topic for higher education. Educators need to know who these adult students are and where they come from. Due to the additional responsibilities that student-parents carry, educators are challenged by the fact that most of these adult students are enrolled in higher education on a part-time basis, which places them in a position of risk. Previous studies haven't explored the connection between parenting and the construction of student-parents' academic experience. We have limited knowledge of the ways in which student-parents build their identity as students at the same time that they build their identity as parents. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to understand the ways in which student-parents make sense of their experiences as parents and students while pursuing their Bachelor's degree at a four-year university. This study used participant-generated photography and interviews as the main data set. Three results were identified as part of the study. First student-parents experienced both challenging and stressful life conditions associated with their multiple roles. Student-parents described their lives as a journey from long-suffering to optimistic resilience. Second, significant others provided the student-parent with a role model and assisted the developmental process of these individuals. This developmental assistance encouraged the development of self-confidence, acknowledgment of the value of education, and acquisition of skills necessary to navigate the academic culture. Third and finally, student-parents' self-construction was accomplished through lessons learned in the context of the home and the college. Student-parents used permanent dialogue to engage in a process of developmental co-construction by sharing with their children the lessons they learned both inside and outside the university context. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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