Negotiating the risk of debt-financed higher education: the experience of lone parent students

Hinton-Smith, Tamsin (2016) Negotiating the risk of debt-financed higher education: the experience of lone parent students. British Educational Research Journal, 42 (2). pp. 207-222. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

Widening participation has opened higher education (HE) to diverse learners, but in doing so has created challenges negotiating situations of disadvantaged positioning compared with peers con-forming more closely to the ideal ‘bachelor boy’ student. As one of the most financially vulnerable groups of students, lone parents occupy a doubly precarious position negotiating the challenges,including financial constraints, of both university participation and raising children alone. Their experiences of HE participation are particularly important to understand as increasing financial precariousness of both studentship and lone parenthood squeezes them further through concurrent rising university fees and welfare cuts. This paper draws on insights from longitudinal qualitative research with 77 lone mothers in England to explore the negotiation of social and economic risks and rewards involved in their undertaking of a debt-financed higher education.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Claire Prater
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 12:26
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 00:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57826

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