ERIC Number: EJ1056998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Recognition and Accountability: Sole Parent Postgraduates in University Conditions
Hook, Genine A.
Gender and Education, v27 n2 p114-130 2015
This paper aims to examine some of ways sole parents sought recognition as postgraduate students in Australian universities. Judith Butler's theory of recognition notes that recognition is always partial and any account we give of ourselves must be given to another. Participants articulated that supervisors were critical in the process of recognition; without recognition from an academic supervisor, postgraduates are unrecognisable and are unable to account for themselves. University timetabling often conflicted with sole parenting responsibilities, academic conference attendance and expectations of academic publications were understood as problematic factors in recognisability for sole parent postgraduates. Problematic supervisory relations, restricted access to academic classes or seminars and limited access to academic conferences exacerbated sole parent isolation and influenced their recognisability as sole parent postgraduates.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, One Parent Family, Graduate Students, Recognition (Achievement), Accountability, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Conferences (Gatherings), Mothers, College Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia