Rural Women: Decisions and Transitions to Post-Secondary Education

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Thu, 7 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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Rural female students comprise a significant proportion of the Canadian college and university landscape and frequently face unique barriers when accessing post-secondary education (PSE). There is little research focused on this important student group. Semi-structured interviews and journal entries were used in this study to create stories that highlight the barriers Canadian rural women encounter as they embark on PSE. Patriarchal structures, geographic location and lack of community support were emphasized as significant barriers when transitioning to PSE. This presentation will broaden the conversation around rural women’s journeys to PSE and offer suggestions to ameliorate barriers and promote success


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