ERIC Number: ED199658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
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Structuring an Adult Learning Environment.
Frankel, Alan D.; Lindsey, William L.
Mercy College in New York has devised a program that seeks to meet the special needs of returning adult students. To ease the restraints on the adult student's time and travel needs, the college holds classes in branches and extension centers throughout the urban area. It also offers eight-week courses that carry the same contact time requirements as the normal 16-week sessions, and offers courses during the spring, fall, and summer sessions. Two courses are required for incoming freshmen in the summer session--a reading/study skills course and a course in writing development. A noncredit freshman seminar is also required for the students. Each student is provided with a peer counselor to help in the transition to college life. Summer classes meet four days a week, with the fifth day, designated for cultural development, spent visiting museums, viewing plays, or engaging in other cultural activities. The needs of each student are diagnosed so that an individual plan for development can be prepared. To help the student in content area reading and study skills, the college uses a six-step procedure based on David Ausubel's concept of advanced organizers. The role of instructors is that of the goal-oriented, business-like classroom manager; however instructors must also serve as a source of enthusiasm and encouragement for the students. (FL)
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