Identity and Education: The Links for Mature Women Studies

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840149975
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Locating myself in the research vii
Acknowledgements xii
1 Introduction 1
The Student Group 2
The courses 3
The interview 3
The shift from barriers to trauma 6
The problem of definition 7
Traumatic experiences 8
2 Why do women return to education? 11
More personal reasons for returning 16
Contradictory or complementary explanations? 24
3 Identity and education 26
The social influences on gender identity 28
Agency 41
A case study-Colette 42
Summary 46
4 The impact of major life events or changes 47
Heather 47
Deidre 49
Liz 51
Joy 53
Olga 54
Leila 55
Summary 59
5 Childhood experiences 60
Dilys 60
Alison 64
Gloria 69
Vida 72
Aurora 78
Summary 80
6 Unplanned pregnancies, life course and a return to education 82
Claire 82
Bryony 84
Frances 88
Jenny 91
Summary 98
7 Mega trauma and the links with education 100
Gerry 100
Petra 105
Sheila 110
Summary 118
8 Conclusion 119
Della's story 119
What is in education for women? 126
Bibliography 131
Index 137
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