ERIC Number: ED149305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Yesterday's Student--Tomorrow's Challenge.
Fisher, Joseph A.
More and more older adults are returning to college, either to complete academic degrees or to take refresher courses in their professional areas. Educators can accommodate nontraditional students' needs by understanding the motivations that bring these students back to school and by providing them with educational counseling that will enhance their learning ability. Some of the adult learner's counseling problems include lack of self-confidence, unrealistic expectations for progress, fixed values and attitudes that conflict with other students' attitudes, impatience with abstract or general learning tasks, failure to seek help before problems get out of hand, and lack of efficient reading and study habits. Drake University's College for Continuing Education has developed an orientation course, called the Back-to-School Survival Skills Program, that helps older adults reacquaint themselves with the college environment and deal with problems they may encounter. The program has been highly successful, receiving enthusiastic support from its students and national attention that should prompt its implementation at other schools. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (20th, Champaign, Illinois, October 28-29, 1977)