ERIC Number: ED326745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Adults' Learning Strategies while Commuting.
Sumner, Jack A.
Observation and literature review show an increasing number of nontraditional students, many of them students "commuting" to college. Defining commuting students as older than 24 and living at some distance away from the college they attend, a survey was conducted among commuting students at a university. Preliminary interviews were conducted with commuting students to draft a list of questions for a data-gathering instrument. Following a pilot test, the survey instrument was finalized. A commuter population was identified and respondents volunteered to complete the instrument, which asked questions about what they do while commuting. Results of the study indicated that commuters were pragmatic and realistic about their expectations and activities. Those surveyed were mostly female and seeking masters degrees. Most commuted alone because it was more convenient, most drove more than 51 miles round trip, and some said they occasionally tried to recruit others for the ride. Activities the respondents did while commuting included providing encouragement, sharing problems, and brainstorming if they commuted with others. They also listened to radio and arranged other meetings. They rated as not helpful during commuting reading, using instructional materials, and using educational tapes. The study concluded that further investigation should be made of students' commuting time, with a view to increasing their use of educational technology, such as tapes, during that time. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Adult Learner: Programs to Attract, Retain and Educate Older Students (5th, Columbia, SC, May 28-30, 1990).