ERIC Number: ED216196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Structuring an Adult Learning Environment, Part III: The Team Approach.
Frankel, Alan D.
An interdisciplinary, team approach involving a variety of support services and a joint effort on the part of faculty, admissions personnel, peers, and tutors can be an effective tool for use in reducing the anxiety of adults who are returning to education. Whether they are organized to publicize departmental offerings or to explain the function of various tests, informal gatherings between faculty, admissions personnel, and adult students can help relieve adult students' anxiety resulting from feelings of competition and lack of immediate positive feedback. Other means of helping adult learners include making them active participants in the education process by utilizing a student-centered model of instruction, and offering such support services as coffee hours and peer tutoring programs. A particularly valuable tool for reducing adult student anxiety levels is the integrated course that, by virtue of its interdisciplinary approach, allows for the integration of skills from the following areas: reading development, writing development, effective reasoning, basic philosophy, mathematics, and speech. (The first two papers in this series are available separately--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Admissions Officers, Adult Education, Adult Students, Adults, Anxiety, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Peer Counseling, Peer Teaching, Program Design, Program Development, Reentry Students, Services, Student Needs, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Tutors
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (San Diego, CA, April 2, 1982). For related documents see ED 199 658 and ED 210 624.