The triple shift: student-mothers, identity work and engagement with low-status vocationally related higher education

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Author: Smith, Paul H.


This paper discusses a piece of qualitative research that examined the narratives that a group of learners articulated when they discussed their experiences of studying on a relatively low-status, vocationally related higher education programme. These students were school-based teaching assistants who were undertaking foundation degree study at a post-1992 English university. Data collection was primarily undertaken via semi-structured interviewing with first- and second-year foundation degree students. Eight group interviews were carried out with 44 participants. These were followed up...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Pathways; Students; Gender; Research; Culture and society

Keywords: Nontraditional students; Qualitative research; Perception; Family; Social aspects

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 22

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 107-127

ISSN: 1359-6748, 1747-5112 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.1018

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