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Partners in learning? A qualitative study of the intimate relationships of partnered mature students in post-secondary education

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dc.contributor.author van Rhijn, Tricia
dc.contributor.author Murray, Sarah Hunter
dc.contributor.author Mizzi, Robert C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-26T19:21:48Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-26T19:21:48Z
dc.date.created 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation van Rhijn, T., Murray, S., & Mizzi, R. (2018). Partners in learning? A qualitative study of the intimate relationships of partnered mature students in post-secondary education. Journal of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education, 3(1) 1-24. https://doi.org/10.18741/jpcoe36 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15915
dc.description.abstract Mature postsecondary students face unique challenges in negotiating both academic and familial responsibilities beyond those faced by their traditional-aged peers. This study examined the bidirectional influences between intimate relationships and postsecondary study. Researchers conducted 28 semi-structured phone interviews with heterosexual, cisgender, partnered mature students attending universities in southern Ontario, Canada. Through a thematic analysis, the research indicated that school had a number of negative impacts on mature students’ relationships; however, school also had some positive impacts. Intimate relationships were also said to have an impact on academic success. Mature students with supportive partners described being able to focus on school and perform better, while students with less supportive partners described difficulties allotting the time required for school. The article recommends that postsecondary educational institutions acknowledge the unique challenges faced by partnered mature learners and offer targeted support services. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education en_US
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject mature students en_US
dc.subject post-secondary education en_US
dc.subject intimate relationships en_US
dc.subject academic success en_US
dc.subject educational administration en_US
dc.subject non-traditional students en_US
dc.subject multiple roles en_US
dc.title Partners in learning? A qualitative study of the intimate relationships of partnered mature students in post-secondary education en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.contributor.affiliation Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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