ERIC Number: ED345267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
"So, You're a Woman, 38, Back in School, and Writing "Research Papers?"
Colleges are still designed for 18 to 22 year old students, even though that category includes only about 20% of the total population seeking degrees. Because of this fact, the term "andragogy," or how to teach adults, should become a more recognizable concept in education. A study was conducted in which 25 first-year adult women at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, were asked to write down their thoughts and concerns as they worked on research papers, after they completed the paper, and after they had heard from the instructor about the papers. The same information was requested from 25 upper-level students. Comments were classified into either affective or cognitive. Several conclusions can be drawn from the data. First, the affective aspect of learning needs to be attended to with adult women students. Second, there was an apparent falling off of interest in the content of the paper after the students heard from instructors, who tended to comment heavily on composition techniques rather than on content. Numerous examples of student comments demonstrate the wide range of needs of adult learners, in both the affective and the cognitive modes. In comparing the first-year students' comments with the upper-level students' comments, a substantial rise in complexity of thought and ability to analyze was evident. Adult students, generally, are hard-working, motivated, appreciative, and usually quite good, so that teachers find working with them a gratifying experience. (Three tables of data are included.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saint Mary of the Woods College IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).