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ERIC Number: ED513130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 311
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-4523-3
Lessons from Success: The Experiences of Women Who Completed an Associate Degree while Parenting Children
Vander Hooven, James L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Maine
This study presents the experiences of success of 11 women who have completed an associate degree while parenting children. Women parenting children are a population at especially high risk of non-completion. In much of the research, however, women parenting children are only mentioned peripherally as a subpopulation of nontraditional students; their experiences have not been studied in-depth. This qualitative study, utilizing both individual and focus group interviews, adds to the literature on women students in U.S. community colleges while parenting children. Lessons learned from the participants include the following: (a) academic success, particularly during the first year of study, motivated persistence; (b) involvement in co-curricular activities enhanced the experience of success; (c) a lifelong desire to attend college was a motivating factor in completion of the associate degree; (d) previous unsuccessful college experiences served as a motivational tool for success; (e) successful graduates received significant support from family, friends, instructors, advisors, college staff, and classmates; (f) successful graduates credit their success to building strong relationships with college personnel; (g) participation in study groups was vital to the experience of success; and (h) the community college model, and the support systems in place, led to experiences of success. Experiences in overcoming self-doubt, and challenges relating to childcare, financing education, and time management are also explored. Implications and recommendations for research and practice are discussed. [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: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States