Identity and Education: The Links for Mature Women Studies

Identity and Education: The Links for Mature Women Studies

by Janet Parr
     
 

ISBN-10: 1840149973

ISBN-13: 9781840149975

Pub. Date: 05/01/2000

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

As a returning college student from a working class background herself, Parr (continuing education, U. of Sheffield, UK) empathizes with the barriers and past traumas the 49 over-21 women she interviewed faced and their motivations. From a grounded theory approach and through their words, she explores social influences on identity and how these relate to further…  See more details below

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As a returning college student from a working class background herself, Parr (continuing education, U. of Sheffield, UK) empathizes with the barriers and past traumas the 49 over-21 women she interviewed faced and their motivations. From a grounded theory approach and through their words, she explores social influences on identity and how these relate to further education decisions, and concludes that these women are rejecting how others have defined them and re-shaping their own identities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840149975
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Locating myself in the researchvii
Acknowledgementsxii
1Introduction1
The Student Group2
The courses3
The interview3
The shift from barriers to trauma6
The problem of definition7
Traumatic experiences8
2Why do women return to education?11
More personal reasons for returning16
Contradictory or complementary explanations?24
3Identity and education26
The social influences on gender identity28
Agency41
A case study-Colette42
Summary46
4The impact of major life events or changes47
Heather47
Deidre49
Liz51
Joy53
Olga54
Leila55
Summary59
5Childhood experiences60
Dilys60
Alison64
Gloria69
Vida72
Aurora78
Summary80
6Unplanned pregnancies, life course and a return to education82
Claire82
Bryony84
Frances88
Jenny91
Summary98
7Mega trauma and the links with education100
Gerry100
Petra105
Sheila110
Summary118
8Conclusion119
Della's story119
What is in education for women?126
Bibliography131
Index137

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