ERIC Number: ED177325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Adults Attending College: Goals and Change.
Malin, Jane T.; And Others
This study surveyed 343 older students (twenty-five years old or older) at the University of Houston to determine their educational and career goals, their reasons for returning to college, changes brought about by college, and their satisfaction with aspects of college. Findings of the survey indicated that the students were relatively young (mostly ages 25-29) and primarily working, married, and without children. They were returning primarily because they were seeking job changes, although they also had strong intellectual interests. Multiple regression analyses, performed to investigate correlates of satisfaction with college and of affective changes occurring while in college, indicated that these two measures were predicted by different sets of variables. One important predictor set for both was time use and family reactions to time use. Student goals and their achievement predicted affective changes but not college satisfaction. College satisfaction, but not affective changes, was predicted by ratings of college facilities and the students' satisfaction with their own academic performance. Women were more satisfied with college than men, and women reported somewhat more postive affective changes than men. (Author/LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Univ., TX. Dept. of Psychology.
Identifiers: University of Houston TX
Note: Paper presented at the convention of the American Psychological Association (New York, NY, September, 1979)