Student Parents, Counternarratives, and Campus Climate: An Examination into Improving the Experience of Student Parents in Higher Education

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Citation

Talbourdet, Lauren, “Student Parents, Counternarratives, and Campus Climate: An Examination into Improving the Experience of Student Parents in Higher Education,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed December 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/83.

Title

Student Parents, Counternarratives, and Campus Climate: An Examination into Improving the Experience of Student Parents in Higher Education

Creator

Talbourdet, Lauren

Date

2017

Description

Student parents, or those raising dependent children while in school, are a growing facet of nontraditional students present on college campuses; they currently represent a quarter of undergraduate students in the United States. Despite their growing numbers, student parents struggle to graduate and complete their postsecondary educations, which cuts them and their families off from the benefits of having a college degree. Contributing to their struggles with success in college is an unwelcoming campus climate. In the present study, campus climate for student parents was studied using data from public, online interviews with student parents published in educational resource blogs and newspapers in the United States. Using data from 27 student mothers that were interviewed in this format, the study analyzed relationships with faculty, non parent peers, and fellow student parents. The study also examined student parents’ feelings of role conflict and their ability to succeed in higher education. Applying the knowledge of counternarratives, content for a student parent counternarrative is suggested, along with a series of institutional-level policies for college administrators to make a more welcoming environment for student parents.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (64 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses