Will work for a college education: an analysis of the role employment plays in the experiences of first-year college students

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Education
Department Educational Leadership & Policy
Creator Bergerson, Amy A.
Other Author Heiselt, April K.
Title Will work for a college education: an analysis of the role employment plays in the experiences of first-year college students
Date 2007
Description College students across the United States struggle with the challenges of balancing work and school. In 2005, 29.5% of full-time students worked over 20 hours a week while attending college, with 70.1% of their part-time counterparts in the workplace for 20 or more hours each week (NCES, 2005). Given the reality of work for college students, higher education researchers and educators must recognize that students work for a variety of reasons and need to consider how this phenomenon impacts students' lives. In an effort to foster such considerations, the authors explored college students' attitudes about working while in college and found that students from different social class backgrounds apply different meanings to the role of work in their lives. Bourdieu's (1977a, 1984, 1993) ideas of social capital, habitus, and taste provide a conceptual framework to examine the findings. Recommendations are provided for student affairs professionals based on data and results.
Type Text
Publisher Higher Education in Review
First Page 83
Last Page 106
Subject Social class; Income; Hierarchy
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Bergerson, A. A., & Heiselt, A. K. (2007). Will work for a college education: an analysis of the role employment plays in the experiences of first-year college students. Higher Education in Review, 4, 83-106.
Rights Management (c) Higher Education in Review
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw2411