• Madeleine Mattarozzi LamingEmail author
  • Aileen Morris
  • Pamela Martin-Lynch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter reports on mature-age male students’ motivations and aspirations in relation to employment and undertaking a university degree. Delving more deeply into these stories, it became apparent that, for most men, such work-related motivations were very closely linked to a number of more personal reasons. These reasons are then explored in more detail and a number of strands emerge that are linked to educational experience, family, self-investment and self-direction, and life-events as catalysts for change. The men’s voices are forefront as the chapter draws to a close.


Motivations Aspirations Self-investment Life experiences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madeleine Mattarozzi Laming
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aileen Morris
    • 2
  • Pamela Martin-Lynch
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.University of LincolnLincolnUK
  3. 3.PerthAustralia

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