ERIC Number: ED248390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Academic Skills of the Returning Adult Student. Report of a Pilot Study.
Sewall, Timothy J.
A study examined the academic skills, study habits, and attitudes of returning adult students and compared them to those of younger, traditional-aged students at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. To gather data for the study, researchers asked 432 students aged 25 and older and 500 traditional-aged students to complete the following four commercially published, standardized tests: the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Form F; the Metropolitan Mathematics Test, Advanced Level II; the STEP English Expression Test, Form 1A; and the Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes. Of those asked to participate in the study, only 45 of the 432 originally contacted older students completed the battery of tests and only 18 of the 500 younger students did so. Based on the results of these tests, it appeared that although the measured English skills of the older students were comparable to those of the younger students, their math skills seemed to be less adequately developed than those of the younger students. The adult students scored significantly higher on vocabulary and reading-rate subtests; however, they achieved approximately the same comprehension levels as did the younger students. Both groups appeared to have similar attitudes toward educational practices and requirements. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Adult Education, Adult Students, Basic Skills, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Language Skills, Mathematics Skills, Nontraditional Students, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Reading Skills, Reentry Students, Remedial Instruction, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Study Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay. Assessment Center.