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Fifty years ago, students who were parents were a rarity in college classrooms, but by the beginning of the twenty-first century, over a quarter of all undergraduate students were parents. In Back in School, A. Fiona Pearson explores how these student parents navigate cultural norms and institutional resources, forging pathways as they journey to become better parents and successful students. Back in School examines how policy makers, professors, college administrators, counselors, and social workers provide or deny access to child care, tutoring, financial aid, or other campus- or community-based resources. Pearson further explores how social norms and governmental and organizational policies influence access to these resources and student parents’ experiences on campus and at home.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. “We’re Not Living in the Old School Anymore”: Student Parents on Campus
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. The American Dream?: Expanding Opportunities and the Changing University
  2. pp. 22-41
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  1. 3. “I’m Just Looking for Some Kind of Understanding”: Academic Resources and Campus Culture
  2. pp. 42-74
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  1. 4. What Students Want and Why
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. 5. Weaving Existing and New Identities at Home
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. 6. False Promises?: Go to College, Get a Job
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. 7. “It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint”: Final Thoughts
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Appendix: List of Student Parent Participants and Sample Demographics
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Notes
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  1. References
  2. pp. 171-182
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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