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Academic parenting: work-family conflict and strategies across child age, disciplines and career level


Hardy, A and McDonald, J and Guijt, R and Leane, E and Martin, A and James, A and Jones, M and Corban, M and Green, B, Academic parenting: work-family conflict and strategies across child age, disciplines and career level, Studies in Higher Education, 43, (4) pp. 625-643. ISSN 0307-5079 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Society for Research into Higher Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/03075079.2016.1185777


The research underpinning this article explores the impacts that parenting and primary caring responsibilities have upon academic careers. It takes an innovative approach by exploring three under-researched aspects of this issue: the longitudinal impacts that extend past the years immediately following the birth or adoption of a child; the differences and similarities that occur as a result of primary carer parenting across academic disciplines; and the impacts that primary carer parenting has upon the careers of those who are employed in senior academic levels. With these three aspects in mind, the research explores the strategies employed to cope with the impacts that birth or adoption has upon academic careers. In doing so, it broadens conceptual understandings of the career impacts of parenting, while offering recommendations for university administrators and leaders.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parental leave, gender, work-life balance, academic careers, parenting, impacts, primary carer
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Education policy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Gender aspects in education
UTAS Author:Hardy, A (Associate Professor Anne Hardy)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
UTAS Author:Guijt, R (Dr Rosanne Guijt)
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:James, A (Ms Allison James)
UTAS Author:Jones, M (Professor Menna Jones)
UTAS Author:Corban, M (Ms Monika Corban)
UTAS Author:Green, B (Associate Professor Bridget Green)
ID Code:109850
Year Published:2018 (online first 2016)
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2016-07-04
Last Modified:2019-09-18

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