ERIC Number: ED023014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Men-in-Transition, A Study of Adult Male Undergraduates at Wayne State University, 1967.
Schlossberg, Nancy K.
Because the bulk of professional attention to middle-age change has concentrated on women, and because there is a need for data on differences in career options and alternatives between men and women, a study focused on the process of adult development, men-in-transition and adults experiencing discontinuity. Data were collected by means of (1) a questionnaire returned by 322 of the 420 male students 35 and over enrolled as undergraduates at Wayne State University in 1967, (2) semistructured group interviews with eight men which explored the reasons for change and stresses involved, and (3) a discussion between two panels of eight men of the role of counselors and educators in working with adults. The adult male returning to college is about 40, a part-time student working for a degree, probably in liberal arts or, if not that, in education or business administration. There is a need for further study of the adult as a learner and for more comprehensive models of adult development which include provisions for self-exploration taking place all through life. Reassessment of academic requirements and bureaucratic processes to encourage rather than discourage college attendance by adults is needed. Separate adult counseling centers should be established. (The document includes 33 references, 12 tables, the questionnaire, and an occupation code.) (aj)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Monteith Coll.
Identifiers: Wayne State University MI