The Opportunity Cost the Experience of Being a Lifelong Learner
Référence bibliographique 
Kerwin-Borrelli, Honore. 2002. «The Opportunity Cost the Experience of Being a Lifelong Learner». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université McGill, Faculté d’éducation.
Intentions : « The study makes a contribution to the research on women and opportunities, and will also contribute methodologically to feminist oral history practices. » (p. ii) Questions/Hypothèses : « This monograph asks the question : ’What is the opportunity cost of rentering academic life after an absence of several years for women with family and career responsibilities?’ » (p. i)
Échantillon/Matériau : 5 femmes
Instruments : Questionnaire Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu
« My study focuses on five women in my family whom I asked to reflect on their experiences as they combined full or part-time study with family life and careers. As a graduate student who combines part time study with full time career and family, I was able to observe the women in my family who face similar challenges. This qualitative research study draws on feminist oral history methodology which acknowledges the significance of the insider knowledge of the researcher in relation to the participants. [...] I interviewed these women who reentered academic life and completed, or were in the process of completing, one or more degrees because I was interested in learning their success strategies. Each participant had a wealth of experiences to share about their decisions, processes, and challenges, both academic and personal. My participants were committed to achieving their goals. I asked them what motivated them to make the initial decision and more importantly, what made them persevere. I asked the participants how their lives had changed as a result of furthering their studies. Finally, I asked them to imagine how their lives would be if they had not made the sacrifices associated with the ’opportunity cost’ of continuing their studies. » (pp. i-ii)