ERIC Number: ED263319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Veterans as Students: A Review of the Literature.
La Barre, Allan A.
The literature reviewed in this paper depicts the veteran as an older student who performs better academically than the nonveteran. This is accomplished despite lower aptitude scores and a lower high school percentile rank. The veteran is career-oriented, committed to the educational process, and better able to use the education once it is obtained. The veteran works either full- or part-time to supplement income from the G.I. Bill. Veterans enroll in public, state-supported schools with lower tuition costs and a greater variety of courses. The veteran tends to be more interested in business courses with a more direct application and immediate return. The veteran, who may be only slightly older than the nonveteran, has the advantage of considerable work experience in the Armed Forces. This work experience may make the veteran eligible for advanced academic standing through nontraditional credit earned in the Armed Forces. A heightened sense of self-esteem, brought about through experience and military training, combined with financial assistance (G.I. Bill) creates a strong desire to succeed. More research is needed in comparing the veteran to the adult student because of a great similarity between the two. Attitudes toward learning and sense of self-esteem should be compared. (YLB)
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