ERIC Number: ED463774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
A Study of the Motives, Barriers, and Enablers Affecting Participation in Adult Distance Education Classes in an Iowa Community College.
Rezabek, Roger Joseph
This study explores the motives, barriers, and enablers that affect adult students in their decision to enroll in community college distance learning credit classes. Three methodologies were utilized: (1) an online focus group of adult distance learning and adult education experts to identify the main issues and questions to be used in interviews with distance students; (2) a questionnaire given to 210 adult distance-education students (average age 35); and (3) in-depth interviews of 23 adults distance-learning community college students in northeast Iowa. Results of the interviews showed that many factors contributed to students' decisions to enroll. The overriding motive for most was the opportunity to attain a degree and/or improve their career in a format that minimized the impact on their work and family life. Reported barriers to enrollment included lack of money, not enough time, lack of study skills, coursework too difficult, and nontraditional age. Factors that enabled students to enroll included financial aid, the proximity of a college center within a few miles, support and encouragement from others, a strong sense of determination or resiliency, and assistance and guidance received from college learning center staff. (Contains 7 tables, 3 figures, 62 references, and six appendices, including the survey instrument.) (KP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented to University of Northern Iowa for Ed.D.