Success Stories. Some Characteristics of Educationally Disadvantaged Women Making Success in a Distance Education Course
World Conference for Distance Education,
A study was conducted in Sweden to gain an understanding of the learning conditions for educationally disadvantaged female distance education students. The research methodology included questionnaires on background and attitudes distributed to the 280 students who had enrolled in a television course on child psychology in 1993 (83% responded) and 2 series of personal interviews with 6 of the women students who returned the surveys and had less than 10 years of formal education. The study showed that these women had a high degree of independence and autonomy. They had gained knowledge relevant to the course through their jobs as mothers or in day care centers. Three aspects of support--cognitive, social, and emotional--played a very important role for the six successful women. They were also aided in their ability to take the course and learn from it by being in permanent relationships with financial security. (Contains 16 references.) (KC)
Holmberg, C. & Emmoth, J. (1994). Success Stories. Some Characteristics of Educationally Disadvantaged Women Making Success in a Distance Education Course. Presented at World Conference for Distance Education 1994.