ERIC Number: ED283021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-3
Older Adults in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature.
The literature on the field of older adults in higher education is fairly new. Until 1975 almost all of it was normative or speculative. With the publication of the first volume of the journal "Educational Gerontology" in 1985, however, the amount of literature in the field increased dramatically. The literature on older adults in higher education may be divided into works dealing with the following topics: the characteristics, attributes, and attitudes of older adults; reasons why older adults participate in higher education; the learning preferences and abilities of older adults; and support services available to older adults and the effectiveness of these services. The research shows that the older adults who enroll in higher education are generally well educated already, in good health, and without financial problems. Older adults appear to have little need, and for that matter little desire, for supportive services. In fact, many intended incentives such as free tuition and the auditing option appear to be disincentives for some older adults. The amount of research on older adults in higher education is disproportionate to the number of persons who are ever likely to enroll. Areas where more research could be useful include studies of programs offered at community colleges or qualitative research on learning styles and classroom behaviors of older adults. (MN)
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