Mature Women Students and Their University Experience

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dc.contributor.advisor Spooner, Marc
dc.contributor.author Wright, Judith Suzanne
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T20:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T20:37:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3632
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education in Educational Psychology, University of Regina. X, 158 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract This research study included 12 women - six who were in the process of obtaining their degree and six who had obtained their degree, for at least 10 years, from the same mid-sized Canadian university. All of the women were at least 30 years of age at the commencement of their program. This research study utilized qualitative interviews and examined the lived experiences of these 12 mature women for their experiences, barriers, and supports they encountered while obtaining their first undergraduate degree. The epistemological perspective, theoretical perspective, and methodology utilized were constructivism, feminism, and Charmaz’s constructivist grounded theory, respectively. The women identified both the barriers and the supports they experienced while in the process of obtaining their degrees. Some barriers they identified include multiple role strain, sexism, poverty, ineffective teaching methods, marginalization, health issues, circuitous paths to education, nonsupport for their specific needs, and programs that were not designed for the mature student along with uncertainty of how their programs might benefit them in the future. However, the women also identified male mentors as effective and supportive to their learning, which counters research examined that stated women learn more effectively from women mentors. The women also identified peers, family, and friend supports as important supports in their educational success. Other supports that were identified included receiving assistance for children, while the women attended to homework or classwork; assistance with more concrete chores (i.e., housework, groceries, editing papers); and supportive comments. Some of the women identified that a smaller campus environment supported them because they felt like they belonged and were a part of a family. These women identified the smaller campus as a major factor in their educational success. Workplace supports included flexible time off, financial assistance, and encouragement, these factors were also identified as major factors that assisted the women in their educational success. The women began their university program, either through self or other (i.e., friend, family member) guidance, to further develop as a person. The overarching goal, for the women, was that they wanted to “Make a Difference” in their lives and/or the lives of others. “Making a Difference” is the overarching, theme of this research, and it was this that kept the women motivated to continue through their degree program. A graphic model illustrates the women’s journey to their destination of “Making a Difference” through achieving their degree. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women college students--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Adult college students--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Undegraduates--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Women in higher education--Saskatchewan
dc.title Mature Women Students and Their University Experience en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Master of Education (MEd) en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Education Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Faculty of Education en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Lewis, Patrick
dc.contributor.committeemember Mulholland, Val
dc.contributor.externalexaminer Huber, Janice


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