Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Mature students in higher education with special reference to women
Author: Adams, S.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1993
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
The central purpose of this thesis is to analyse the experiences of mature men and women students studying full-time in higher education. The data presented in this thesis are derived from in-depth interviews with mature students studying in Swansea University College. The thesis demonstrates the ways in which class and gender affected the experience of mature students both within and outside their place of study. The thesis argues that higher education, which is a transitional process for traditional age students, is a TRANSFORMATIVE process for mature students. This process centred upon the attempts of mature students to renegotiate their personal identity. The thesis thus focuses on the person and upon issues of identity. The theoretical framework draws upon the symbolic interactionist tradition and upon the sociology of gender. It explores the ways in which the relationship between gender and identity are articulated within 'every-day' social interaction. The thesis works with four class/gender categories. The extent of self transformation and the problems of achieving affirmation of the new self by a transition of pre-existing social statuses were least in the case of middle-class men and most acute for working-class women. The process of being the new person can only be continued within parameters set by the individual's social circumstances. Class and gender determine the extent to which these lie within the power of the individual to change. Working-class women experienced the greatest incongruence between their new selves and their unchanged domestic/social situations AND found the expression of their new selves blocked by untransformed relationships.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available