ERIC Number: ED340305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
The Challenges of the Future: Ethical Issues in a Changing Student Population.
Lawler, Patricia A.
The increase in the numbers of adult students studying on college and university campuses has created a new set of ethical and administrative challenges for those institutions. Projections for the nineties suggest 50 percent of enrollment will be adults. Characteristically, adult students perceive themselves to be responsible for their own lives; come to education voluntarily; bring life experience to the classroom; have realistic, practical goals for education; and have increased capacity for certain kinds of learning. Issues facing administrations and faculty include recognizing the diversity in student populations and valuing adult learners. The following nine principles can assist institutions as they serve adult students: (1) create a physical and social climate of respect; (2) encourage collaborative modes of learning; (3) include and build on the student's experiences in the learning process; (4) foster critically reflective thinking; (5) include learning which involves examination of issues and concerns, transforms content into problem situations, and necessitates analysis and development of solutions; (6) value learning for action; (7) generate a participative environment; (8) empower the student through learning; and (9) encourage self-directed learning. These principles respect the autonomy of the adult and the continuing development and growth of the student. Included are 24 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A