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How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel Jan 2012

How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how adult college women attending rural community colleges experience being an online student. A study of this nature was warranted as enrollment in online courses continues to increase (Allen & Seaman, 2010) and as women are more likely to enroll in online courses (Kramarae, 2001; van Prummer, 2011). Femininst standpoint theory guided the study while identity theory (Stryker, 1968) was applied to findings. Online research methods were used to collect data. Four themes characterized participants online student experience: 1) motivation to enroll in online courses, 2) expectations and realities about online experience, 3) impact of identity (ies) on experience, and 4) meaning of being an online student ...