ERIC Number: ED409567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
The Student Returns: Challenges of the Returning Student.
Marino, Carrie A.
According to a 1994 analysis of returning students, as many as 43% of all college students are currently over the age of 24. This influx of returning students demands a new look at existing pedagogical practices. The changing demographics of the classroom turn age and life experience into a consideration for pedagogy alongside race, class, and gender. A significant number of returning or first-time registrants are as old or older than the faculty with whom they come to study. One way of recognizing returning students as sites of critical difference lies in the use of a pedagogical tool--the textbook. Textbooks often address the classroom as a homogeneous group and employ language sensitive to age and gender issues, but fail to take into account age differences. Several forthcoming composition textbooks, however, appear promising for use with returning students. Demands placed on students seem magnified for returning students who, because of existing family, work, and employer commitments, need to balance their time and personal resources. Even as returning students must adapt to the requirements of the academy, the academy must adapt to the needs of the significant number of returning students. (Contains seven references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (48th, Phoenix, AZ, March 12-15, 1997).