ERIC Number: ED318882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Characteristics of "Established" Students: A Descriptive Study of Married 30-50 Year Old Reentry Students. Teaching Learning Issues No. 67.
Wilson, Jeanette D.
Teaching-Learning Issues, n67 Spr 1990
A review of literature and a survey of 218 adult students (44% return) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, revealed a surprisingly large number (about one-third) of reentry students are those labeled "established." They are married, 30-50 years old, likely to have children, and live in a dual worker/career marriage within commuting distance of the university. Spouse example was influential in encouraging them to reenter, and family support has been maintained during the education process. If there were changes in family interaction, they were reported as more likely to be positive than negative. Most students reenter as sophomores, make satisfactory progress, and achieve excellent grades in an earnest effort to earn a degree. With the exception of men in engineering, sex-role stereotyping is not apparent in gender-differentiated analysis of the three most common major fields of study. These reentry students do not seem likely to present unusual demands on the university resources or teaching skills. On the contrary, these students are serious about their education and provide unique potential resources for both individual instructors and institutions. In addition, they are likely to promote the goals of the university in the future. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Learning Research Center.