ERIC Number: ED419147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
College Knowledge: Power, Policy and the Mature Student Experience at University. Maynooth Adult and Community Education (MACE) Occasional Series.
Fleming, Ted; Murphy, Mark
The characteristics and experience of mature students at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth were examined in a study in which data were collected from the following: detailed questionnaire mailed to all 298 mature students registered at NUI Maynooth and returned by 164 (55%) of them; semistructured interviews with a sample of 20 individuals selected from the 164 respondents based on certain demographic characteristics; and 4 focus groups. Policy regarding national and international changes in higher education (HE) was reviewed along with the literature on financial issues affecting mature students in HE, mature students' relationships and external commitments, and the learning process. The typical mature student was young, single, and childless. Although finance was not the most crucial issue for the respondents, it always lay close to the surface. The main motivations cited for entering the university were to obtain a qualification that would jump-start their careers and to prove to themselves that they could get a degree. Those who entered the university with vocational ambitions were most likely to be successful. Twenty-two policy proposals were formulated. (Twenty-four tables/figures are included. Appended are a description of the study methodology and the study questionnaire. The bibliography contains 60 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, College Students, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Students, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Experience, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Trend Analysis
Centre for Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland (8 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Social, Community, and Family Affairs, Dublin (Ireland).
Authoring Institution: Natioanl Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth.