Mothering by Degrees
Single Mothers and the Pursuit of Postsecondary Education
Publication Year: 2017
The first book length study to focus on the lives and experiences of single mothers who are college students, Mothering by Degrees points out how these women are influenced by dominant American ideologies of motherhood, and the institutional parameters of the schools they attend, and argues for increased attention to the specific ways in which the choices, challenges, and opportunities available to mothers are shaped within their specific environments, as well as the ways in which mothers help shape those environments.
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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Prologue: Lessons from My Grandmother
When my daughters were young, our nightly routine included storytelling. After dinner, they would select several books from their bookcase and bring them to me. We would then climb onto the sofa, snuggle close together, and I would read from the pages of favorites such as The Rain Babies or The Giving Tree or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. ...
Chapter 1: The Politics of Single Motherhood in the United States
As she prepared to graduate from high school, Gina Ocon found herself in an enviable position. She had excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities during high school and had achieved a 3.9 cumulative grade point average (GPA). She had also earned admission to several Ivy League institutions as well as the Air Force Academy. ...
Chapter 2: Trying to Make Ends Meet
As college students, single mothers have some of the same educational concerns as their more traditional peers. They want to be taught by skilled and knowledgeable faculty members, take courses that are interesting and relevant, earn good grades, and complete a college degree in a reasonable amount of time. ...
Chapter 3: Clocks and Calendars
For those who learn and work at institutions of higher education, life is governed to a great extent by two powerful and related forces: the clock and the calendar. These strict keepers of time affect campus life regardless of whether an institution is a community college, a public university, or a private school and regardless of whether one is a student, a member of the faculty, ...
Chapter 4: Navigating America’s Child Care Crisis
Unlike many American parents and unlike many other single mothers attending college, Tilda Knox did not experience a child care crisis. Shortly after her divorce was finalized, Tilda moved from Houston to the Dallas–Fort Worth area with her daughter, Baylee, and her son, Asher. She was intent on completing the undergraduate nursing program at Texas Woman’s University ...
Chapter 5: Mothering Alone in a Chilly Climate
On January 14, 2005, Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers delivered a lecture at the conference “Diversifying the Science & Engineering Workforce: Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and their S & E Careers.” Summers acknowledged the underrepresentation of women in tenured positions in science and engineering fields ...
In many ways, single mothers are similar to other postsecondary students. They have many of the same concerns, such as class schedules, degree requirements, and academic performance. Some to go college because they place a high value on education or want to get a degree in order to pursue their chosen career. ...
The process of creating this volume has been filled with both moments of absolute joy and numerous trials. At times, the trials took over and seemed unsurmountable, and I would put the project aside for weeks or months at a time. At one point, I even decided to discontinue the project altogether, tucking the completed chapters, observation notes, interview transcripts, ...
Appendix: Supporting Single Mothers at Colleges and Universities
About the Author
Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2017
OCLC Number: 985701657
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