ERIC Number: ED198473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Preferences, Barriers, and Facilitators for Postsecondary Education in a Southern California Urbanized Area.
Bielby, Denise Del Vento
Information of personal preferences is needed to tailor existing postsecondary programs to the needs of older learners. A personal preference survey was conducted to explore adult preferences for postsecondary learning, factors which facilitate or impede enrollment, and the use of local educational opportunities. Subjects (N=254) were 25 years of age or older, had completed the equivalent of high school, and lived in the South Coast area of California. Nearly all had once been enrolled in a postsecondary program; thus, their interests were primarily academic. Some, 26%, had specific plans for future enrollment, but the majority, 55%, were only somewhat interested. Scarce personal resources, i.e., jobs, limited time, home and child care were defined as barriers to postsecondary education; institutional barriers became more salient deterrents once specific plans were made to return to school. Facilitators for converting educational interests to actual plans appeared to be nonexistent and have a minimal impact on barrier reduction. Interest in postsecondary education was most often motivated by occupational aspirations. Although geographically specific, this research reflects nationwide trends in adult postsecondary education. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980). Best copy available.