ERIC Number: ED287020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Needs of Adult Men and Women Students in an Adult Degree Program.
Muench, Karen E.
Understanding the problems adults experience when they return to college campuses has received considerable research attention in the last two decades. The psychosocial concerns of returning adult women students frequently have been identified, but little research has focused on the psychosocial concerns of returning adult men students. A study compared the psychosocial concerns of men and women adult students enrolled in an adult degree program at a small privately owned liberal arts college in the Midwest. Data were collected by surveying 158 returning adult men and women students through a mailed questionnaire. The questionnaire asked for demographic information and information pertinent to psychosocial concerns. It was returned by 90 (57 percent) of the students. Findings indicated that both men and women adult students have psychosocial concerns. Self-doubt, guilt, lack of self-confidence, and the fear of failure and of not finishing a baccalaureate degree were identified as concerns for both men and women students. The findings should enable adult educators to interact more effectively in the classroom with adult learners of both genders. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Washington, DC, October 1987). Document has broken dot matrix print.