Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2013

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Ruth Haper

Abstract

In this qualitative study, the experiences of graduate students who were also the mothers of preschool children were explored through the use of narrative interviews and autoethnographic reflections on personal experience. The study examines the various self-perceived identity dimensions of three graduate student mothers (through a series of interviews) and the researcher (via autoethnographic writings). Analysis of the data identified two superordinate themes: a) the identification of systems of support and role models (including presence and absence of said supports) and b) a negotiation of gendered social expectations as the students navigated the context of graduate school. Recommendations include the need for more university-sponsored systems of support for graduate student mothers, as well as a need for further studies of this type that include women of more diverse characteristics and circumstances.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Mothers.
Women graduate students.
Preschool children.

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 72-75).

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

81

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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