ERIC Number: ED250501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
When Older Persons Leave the Student Role.
To determine why some persons leave the university while others remain in the student role, a study compared a group of 44 university students aged 60 and over with a group of 50 ex-students of the same age. The two groups were comparable in age, education, sex, and income. The ex-students stayed at the university a significantly shorter time (2.5 years) than the students (4 years). Both groups felt accepted at the university and felt supported in the student role by faculty, students, and relatives and friends. The ex-students left primarily after reaching their objectives; a large proportion became employed. The continuing students planned on remaining at university indefinitely, even after obtaining their degrees. Findings indicated that the groups of older students and ex-students appeared to differ only in the length of time spent at the university and in their employment status. However, for one group the student role acted as a means to meeting other objectives, while for the other it was an end in itself. Moreover, leaving the student role was not difficult for the one group while it appeared inconceivable for the other. (Four tables are attached.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (30th, Anaheim, CA, March 1984).