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ERIC Number: ED464524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Educating the Adult Black Male in College. ERIC Digest.
Spradley, Patricia
While the numbers of traditional age African American males enrolling in and graduating from higher education are declining, adult black males are increasingly returning to college. According to 2001 U.S. Census figures, the number of black males aged 25 years and over enrolled in college has increased from 143,000 in 1990 to 267,000 in 1995, to 335,000 in 2000. The adult black male's increased participation in higher education over the last decade has challenged postsecondary institutions to address the special needs of the adult learner. There are several interventions to help increase the success of adult African American males in higher education. Peer interactions provide needed social integration into the academic experience. Facilitative learning environments with faculty who nurture accumulated learning, contribute to knowledge acquisition, and encourage the application of learning to improve social surroundings are also critical to success. Being aware of the distinctive extra-curricular experiences that enrich learning and provide application opportunities is also important for faculty. Providing insightful information to educators on best practices in adult learning, including the obstacles adults encounter on numerous levels--interpersonal, personal, and organizational--is also a key step toward inclusive educational transformation. (Contains 15 references.) (CS)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.