ERIC Number: ED481228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
What Is Collegiate Involvement for Adult Undergraduates?
This paper presents a current synthesis of key research and new understandings of adult learners participation and involvement in undergraduate collegiate studies. It suggests that new theory and understandings are needed to provide broader and more complex frameworks for understanding and supportive adult student engagement in undergraduate studies. Current research indicates that adult students experience college differently and act on the college experience in ways that differ from those of the traditional college student. Adult students present a different set of challenges to the higher education research community because they have different characteristics. There also appear to be differences within the adult undergraduate student population regarding their sense of involvement and engagement in relation to their life biography and their current institutional context. New theory informed by research suggests a focus on the classroom for the adult student, rather than on the college environment, and on experiences connected to current adult lives and knowledge structures. (Contains 2 tables and 28 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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