A Profile of Undergraduate Student Parents in Canada
Référence bibliographique 
van Rhijn, Tricia M., Quosai, Trudy Smit et Lero, Donna S. 2011. «A Profile of Undergraduate Student Parents in Canada ». La revue canadienne d’enseignement supérieur / Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 41, no 3, p. 59-80.
Intentions : «We explore student parent enrolment patterns over time and examine current demographic characteristics.» (p. 59)
Questions/Hypothèses : «[W]e hypothesize that student parent participation patterns will differ from students who are not parents over the 30-year period of time examined (1976–2005).» (p. 63)
Échantillon/Matériau : «The data for this study were drawn from two data sets collected by Statistics Canada: the Labour Force Survey 1976-2005 and the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics 2004 cross-sectional data file.» (p. 59)
Instruments : Questionnaire
Type de traitement des données : Analyse statistique
According to the authors, « [a]s student parents constitute a significant minority population on Canadian college and university campuses, a better understanding of student parents’ experiences is required to reduce barriers to access and challenges to persistence and program completion for this population. This study serves as the first step in a program of research about student parents, providing a profile of their participation trends over time and an initial examination of potential challenges they could be facing. […] It appears that public and institutional policies and practices affecting student parents should be reviewed to remove impediments to student parents’ participation and persistence in PSE programs. There are many benefits to enhancing access to post-secondary education for student parents. Lifelong learning enhances personal and social well-being, employment opportunities, and community engagement […]. Beyond the social and economic benefits of post-secondary education for student parents and their families, benefits accrue because parents serve as important role models to their children. Children of parents who have attended PSE are more likely to attend PSE themselves […]. Children are also likely to benefit from the supportive learning environment that student parents create in their homes. Policies and practices that encourage lifelong learning and skill development will require attention to the needs of diverse populations including student parents.» (p. 77) Note : Cette étude comprend des comparaisons interprovinciales.