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Educational Psychology & Higher Education
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Women are juggling multiple roles such as mother, wife, partner and employee that could
intensify a complex transition process to a new role of college student (Lin, 2016; Noll, Reichlin, & Gualt, 2017; Veney, O’Green & Kowalik, 2012). The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe a transition process of women to a role of college student a to understand why they might not graduate. Sociocultural theory embedded within Schlossberg’s transition model assisted with understanding the transition process of moving-in, moving-through, and moving-out. A qualitative research design was employed to describe this complex transition process and to answer the question how do women experience the transition process? The study suggests the transition process occurred in two phases (i.e., Phase 1-Transition and Phase 2-Ebb and Flow). This study addresses the gap in the literature regarding knowledge about women’s transition process to a role of campus student.
Adult age student; Adult learner; Adult student; Campus student; Mature student; Nontraditional student
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bennett, Laura, "Exploring Transitions Back and into College: Stories of Adult Women" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3572.
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