ERIC Number: ED470799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Teaching the Growing Population of Nontraditional Students.
Wagner, June G.
Keying In, v13 n2 Nov 2002
This document contains three articles on teaching the growing population of nontraditional students. "The Changing Demographics of the Classroom" defines "nontraditional students"; reviews the characteristics, risk factors, and special needs of nontraditional students; and identifies the following services as particularly important to nontraditional students: (1) separate registration, orientation, and advising; (2) greater availability of parking; (3) more evening, weekend, and distance learning programs, including telecourses and online courses; (4) special assistance with financial aid, child care, and housing; (5) student support services such as counseling, assessment, and peer support groups; (6) social activities geared toward older students and their families; and (7) better preparation of educators and staff in meeting nontraditional students' needs. "Teaching and Retaining Nontraditional Students" discusses the importance of showing nontraditional students respect and confidence, multicultural issues that must be addressed when teaching nontraditional students, and the importance of using active learning strategies and regular feedback mechanisms and providing a student support network. "Online Classes and Nontraditional Students" presents guidelines for facilitating interaction and performance, underscores the importance of allowing nontraditional students some flexibility with due dates and assignments but not allowing students to mistake flexibility for laxity, and offers specific suggestions for building effective World Wide Web pages. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Classroom Techniques, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Cultural Differences, Definitions, Distance Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Experiential Learning, Feedback, Guidelines, High Risk Students, Internet, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Nontraditional Students, Online Courses, Part Time Students, Postsecondary Education, Reentry Students, School Holding Power, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Special Needs Students, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Womens Education, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Business Education Association, Reston, VA.
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