Sociology of Education: Rural Women and the University Experience

By Adrienne Kay Redpath.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Human social behaviour could be seen to be based on cultural, social and environmental influences. In the organised society of a university, the approach and response of an individual, or a group, to a particular situation can be reviewed for the benefit of sociologists, educators and educational researchers. This paper, based on research involving professional rural women, indicated that the social complexities experienced preceding and during participation in that environment could have significant bearing on the attainment of desired qualifications. While the decisions to attend university were made for diverse reasons, both imposed by others and as a result of self-determination, the professional women reported, from their mature and reflective positions, upon their self-assessed views of their sociological-educational experiences. The issues arising from the research can be related to matters influencing the development of policy and process in the adjustment of students from a rural to urban tertiary environment.

Keywords: Rural Women, University Experience, Tertiary Qualifications, Reflection, Educational Research, Social Research

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.59-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 546.124KB).

Dr. Adrienne Kay Redpath

Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

My early, happy childhood in “the bush” of New South Wales, Australia,where my parents instilled in me a love of learning, preceded formal education in Sydney and a very full life of teaching, marriage, children and university studies. In addition, many years were spent in business, prompting achievement of accountancy qualifications combined with the teaching of law subjects to tertiary students. With a Bachelor of Education, a Masters Honours in Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy, my major interests continue along the path of academic expression combined with business and travel.

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