ERIC Number: ED308363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Teaching Traditional and Non-Traditional Age Individuals: How Should Methods, Expectations, and Standards Differ?
Sagaria, Sabato D.
A study examined achievement and attitudes of traditional and nontraditional age students enrolled in an undergraduate behavioral sciences statistics course. Performance and attitude data were collected from a class of 25 traditional students (average age 22) and from a class of 15 nontraditional students (average age 35). The two groups were taught using the same format, textbook, and testing format. Results indicated that nontraditional students performed at a significantly higher level (one letter grade) than traditional students. The nontraditional students were as positive or more positive on all aspects of their college course experience, including attitude toward the professor. Data from the research had a number of implications, including the need to (1) understand the population of students; (2) use the rich and varied knowledge and experiences possessed by adults as ideational anchors; (3) apply appropriate methods and perspectives in teaching each population; (4) recognize that the student and the professor create the "teachable moment"; and (5) appreciate that the different levels of knowledge and experience possessed by the students imply different motivational bases. Findings were in concert with cognitive learning theorists' positions in regard to information processing. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 1989).