ERIC Number: ED339928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-25
Personal and Educational Needs of Community College Adult Students.
Lloyd, Deborah Trahern
The influx of older students has resulted in special needs for the community college. This study investigated the personal and educational needs of adult students (N=198). The independent variables were age, gender, marital status, number of hours enrolled, income, race, and number of children in the home. The dependent variables fell into four categories: life skill development needs; career development needs; educational planning needs; and needs connected with association with others. Within these categories were needs relating to: improving math, reading, speaking, and study skills; managing time, stress, and money; acquiring skill in decision making, goal setting, and use of leisure time; exploring different career possibilities; learning about the working experience as it actually is; becoming informed about four-year college entrance and graduation requirements, different majors, sources of financial aid, and various college services; and learning to get along with advisors, instructors, younger students; learning how to cope with single parenting, divorce, marital stress, and job, family, and school conflicts; and learning how to deal with differing opinions and discrimination. Five composite null hypotheses were tested employing a three-way analysis of variance. The results of the study appeared to support these generalizations: married students have greater educational planning needs than single students; and students with income levels from $21,000 to $29,999 have greater needs in the area of association than students with incomes over $50,000. The following interactions also appeared to be supported: (1) between gender and marital status for career development; (2) between age and credit hours enrolled for career development; (3) between age and credit hours enrolled for educational planning; (4) between age and credit hours enrolled for association with others; (5) between age and credit hours for life skills development; (6) between income level and number of children at home for career development; (7) among race, income level and number of children at home for career development; and (8) income level and number of children at home for educational planning. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: M.S. Thesis, Fort Hays State University.