ERIC Number: ED210640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Study and Reading Needs of the Elderly College Student.
Kingston, Albert J., Jr.
Despite the fact that only a small percentage of eligible senior citizens takes advantage of the opportunity, increasing numbers are enrolling in college and university classes. Not only do elderly college students have to overcome the long lapse of years since they were students, but age and maturity typically cause physical and psychological difficulties that serve to hamper academic adjustment. Visual and auditory problems are fairly common in persons 60 years or older. Age also affects the memory and learning as well as the ability to generate and organize data. Reading instructors can assist the elderly student to become aware of and to employ various organizational aids--glosses, italicized materials, and similar typographical aids. The older adult, just as the younger student, needs to be constantly reminded that learning is an active process that is best accomplished when the learner is attentive and has specific goals or objectives, and should be taught procedures for systematic review. Flexible reading, modes of comprehending, and vocabulary improvement also would be valuable. Above all there is an urgent need for reliable and valid data concerning the reading behavior of the elderly adult. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (2nd, Sarasota, FL, December 10-12, 1981).