Posted by: emapey | July 27, 2008

Adult Learners, Implications for Colleges and Educators

College or university is a central institution of the current post-industrial society. Therefore, the effect of aging on the adult learner and implications for educators will be examined in that context. The focus here is on the adult that has had life experiences and has often been referred to as a non-traditional student in the higher education setting. The age range for this type of student is extremely wide and, for the most part, includes adults over age 25. Demand for adult education is supported by research that suggests a twenty year old today can expect to make six to seven job changes over the course of a working career. Often, these vocational changes lead to additional adult learning out of necessity. Several times public policy does not adequately address the needs of older, working students. Public policies on higher education are established to serve the younger student, who comes directly to a university after high school and studies full-time

Adults Motivated to Return to College
Principles of Adult Learning
Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education
We can do Better at Helping Working Adults Continue their Education

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