ERIC Number: ED335717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-26
Reference Count: N/A
The Adult Learner in the Communication Classroom: A Selected Review and Critical Evaluation of Literature.
Reem-Macke, Jennifer K.
Noting that the adult learner is becoming an increasingly prevalent presence in the classroom, this paper presents a literature review and critical evaluation of the overall effort made by communication researchers to study the phenomenon of the adult learner in the college classroom. The paper first reviews 13 articles in 3 categories of research (special needs and characteristics of adult learners, methods for increasing teaching effectiveness relevant to adult learners, and instructional and program design for adult students) published in communication/speech journals pertaining to the adult learner in communication education and instructional communication. Following the review, the paper offers a critical evaluation of the state of applicable research published in academic communication journals, and concludes by identifying directions for future research. Seventeen references are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-28, 1991).