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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: A balancing act: supporting students who are parents to succeed in Australian higher education
Authors: Andrewartha, Lisa
Knight, Elizabeth
Simpson, Andrea
Beattie, Hannah
Institution: La Trobe University
Publication Date: Feb-2022
Keywords: higher education
caring responsibilities
student parents
Abstract: The advantages associated with higher education are well documented, however students who are parents face many obstacles to success at this level. Juggling caring responsibilities alongside study requirements places high demands on the time and energy of student parents, many of whom have additional employment commitments. Financial constraints create an additional barrier to success, with groups at particular risk of disadvantage including young parents, single parents, and parents from low socio-economic backgrounds. Given these challenges, the traditional nature of higher education study may not adequately accommodate the specific circumstances of student parents. Improved processes and support mechanisms could encourage more parents through higher education as a pathway to building knowledge, improving employment prospects, and gaining independence.
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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