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Title: Invisible experiences: Understanding the choices and needs of university students with dependent children
Authors: Marandet, E
Wainwright, E
Keywords: Students;Dependent children;Higher education
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Citation: British Educational Research Journal, 36(5): 787 - 805, (October 2010)
Abstract: This paper analyses the results of a research project on the experiences and learning needs of students with dependent children in a 1960s university. The findings are based on semi-structured interviews with university services and academic staff, as well as a questionnaire survey among students with dependent children and follow-up in-depth interviews with a sample of 18 of these students. The paper shows that, for those surveyed, future employment opportunities and being a role model for their children were the main motivations for entering higher education and that their choice of university was highly spatially restricted by their caring responsibilities. It also discusses the main issues students faced once at university, including time and timing, finance, childcare, confidence, sense of belonging and skills. The paper highlights how gender and other biographical characteristics influence parents' experiences and includes suggestions for lessening the barriers they face while at university.
ISSN: 0141-1926
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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