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Title:Empowerment of women students through educational achievement: a narrative enquiry
Author:Lemmer, E.M.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:South Africa
black women
academic achievement
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620902857319
Abstract:Education is the basic tool for empowering women, and this is particularly striking among women from deprived economic and social backgrounds. Narratives of women's lives indicate different statuses of self-development, which are further complicated by issues of race, class and socioeconomic position. This paper presents the stories of four black midlife women with a view to examining how women from a background of extreme deprivation construct and give meaning to the story of their educational history and its contribution to their self-identity. Four black midlife women, who had graduated with master's degrees at a distance education university in South Africa, were selected by judgement sampling. They were requested to write the narratives of their educational history. These were analysed according to two narrative models, and the data was complemented by interviews. The findings illustrate how the women made sense of trauma and difficult life transitions, describe their ultimate empowerment through educational and professional achievement, and illustrate the use and value of narrative enquiry in research in education. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]