Assessing the needs of returning adult students from a developmental perspective

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Title:
Assessing the needs of returning adult students from a developmental perspective
Author:
Seger, Judith Marie, 1932-
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to identify the needs of returning adult students at community colleges in Arizona through the application of adult developmental theory. To differentiate adult students' needs from those of traditional-age students, samples of prospective freshmen and returning adults were surveyed. Participants in the study were 108 graduated high school seniors, and 104 community college students who were 25 years or older and had a break of three years or more in their education. Participants completed a questionnaire requesting demographic information, reasons for attending college, fears, expectations and needed services. Results showed that traditional-age college students enter higher education to expand their social world, to prepare for a career, and fearing the stresses of college life. Adult students' reasons for entering higher education relate to life transitions and personal growth. They are highly motivated yet hampered by multiple role responsibilities and fear of failing.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Motivation in adult education.; Adult education -- Arizona -- Evaluation.; College students -- Arizona -- Attitudes.; Developmental psychology.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Family and Consumer Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Newlon, Betty J.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleAssessing the needs of returning adult students from a developmental perspectiveen_US
dc.creatorSeger, Judith Marie, 1932-en_US
dc.contributor.authorSeger, Judith Marie, 1932-en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to identify the needs of returning adult students at community colleges in Arizona through the application of adult developmental theory. To differentiate adult students' needs from those of traditional-age students, samples of prospective freshmen and returning adults were surveyed. Participants in the study were 108 graduated high school seniors, and 104 community college students who were 25 years or older and had a break of three years or more in their education. Participants completed a questionnaire requesting demographic information, reasons for attending college, fears, expectations and needed services. Results showed that traditional-age college students enter higher education to expand their social world, to prepare for a career, and fearing the stresses of college life. Adult students' reasons for entering higher education relate to life transitions and personal growth. They are highly motivated yet hampered by multiple role responsibilities and fear of failing.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectMotivation in adult education.en_US
dc.subjectAdult education -- Arizona -- Evaluation.en_US
dc.subjectCollege students -- Arizona -- Attitudes.en_US
dc.subjectDevelopmental psychology.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Consumer Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorNewlon, Betty J.en_US
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dc.identifier.oclc23825114en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17685369en_US
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