ERIC Number: ED274866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Making the Commitment to Return to School and Managing Learning. Final Research Report on the Educational Development of Adults.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Studies of the educational development of adults were conducted to (1) identify adults' perceptions of the personal and institutional factors that help and/or impede them in successfully completing the admissions process for entry into postsecondary education and (2) develop and validate interventions that will enhance adults' decision and commitment to return to school. The facilitating factors identified were employment-related motivators, financial asistance and improvement, institutional information and services, institutional characteristics, personal motivators, and encouragement from others. Factors found to impede reentry into postsecondary education included financial difficulties, lack of information and services, confusion and unfamiliarity with institutional proceses, apprehensions about self, the necessity of handling multiple responsibilities, and time management concerns. The following were deemed the most important in enhancing students' desire and commitment to return to postsecondary education: an orientation program and orientation course components, a staff development program, a community resources component/educational planning resource center, reading level analysis of instructional materials, and a progress monitoring system. (Appendixes to this report contain a Lifelong Learning Program resource directory and abstracts of the following three project technical reports: "Institutional Selections and Descriptions,""Vocational Development Task #1--Making the Commitment to Vocational Training," and "Educational Development Task #2--Adults Managing Learning.") (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Note: A product of the Lifelong Learning Program.