ERIC Number: ED309291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
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A Study of the Educational Needs and Academic Aspirations of the Older Adult Community College Student as Perceived by the Older Adult Student.
Johnson, Janice E. Sims
A study identified the educational needs, problems, and aspirations of older adults enrolled in traditional degree programs on community college campuses. It focused exclusively on male and female community college students, aged 55 and above, who are enrolled in degree programs of study, to discover their opinions concerning the institutions' success or failure in meeting their needs. Fifteen individuals with majors representing five academic divisions were interviewed by means of an interview guide sheet and educational needs checklist. The questions covered such areas as education and employment backgrounds, family situations and interactions, positive and negative experiences on campus, reasons for pursuing a degree, and future plans. Findings indicated that, once acclimated to the college environment, the older adult students became active participants in campus activities bringing professional and practical expertise into the classroom environment. No need was revealed for a vast number of special programs and services on the community college campus for older adult students in traditional programs. Study participants were quite willing and able to adjust, participate, and function in traditional classrooms with students and teachers of all ages with positive results. (The interview instrument, other study materials, and a bibliography of approximately 300 items are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.