ERIC Number: ED313574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Barriers Adults Face When Enrolling in Technical Education Programs at Two Year and Four Year Institutions. Number 1.
Eschenmann, K. Kurt; Olinger, Phyllis Barnett
A study identified barriers for adult students 21 years old or older so that programs, courses, motivational strategies, counseling services, support services, and recruitment information could be developed to eliminate or overcome those barriers. One hundred randomly selected adult students enrolled in technical education programs during the previous 3 years at a Virginia community college and 30 adult students enrolled in a technical education program at a 4-year institution were mailed a 32-item questionnaire. A follow-up mailing was sent. Of the 98 contacted, 78 (80 percent) responded. Ages reported ranged from 22 to 63 years, with 32 women and 46 men responding. The following were among the study's findings: (1) self-motivation was reported to play a significant part in adult students' academic success; (2) adults in this study did not consider lack of money to be a major barrier; (3) 68 percent indicated that a lack of adequate study time was the barrier most frequently experienced; and (4) honoring family commitments was identified as a barrier by more than 60 percent of the adult students. It is recommended that faculty members and student advisors be trained in motivational strategies and techniques designed specifically for adults. (Fifteen references and 10 tables are included in the document.) (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Andragogy, Higher Education, Participation, Self Actualization, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Student School Relationship, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Division of Vocational and Technical Education, Lane Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0254 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.