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ERIC Number: ED523659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-0327-4
Student Perception and Success: How Adult Learners at a Two-Year Technical Institution Perceive Instruction and How Their Perceptions Contribute to Their Overall Academic Success
Clerk, Karen D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oakland University
Increasing numbers of adults are pursuing higher education. The demand exists, to some measure, on changing demographics, rapid advancements in technology, global interconnectiveness, and more recently, a global economic downturn. Thus, there is a far greater need today for adults to acquire new skills or to be re-trained. Because of this, increasing numbers of higher education programs have begun to focus on the needs of the adult learner. This study was developed to explore how adult learners at a two-year technical institution perceive instruction and how their perceptions contribute to their overall academic success. The research on andragogy confirms that the methods of instruction are important to meeting the needs of adult learners and their success. The researcher gathered information on how students based their perceptions of instructional strategies, and how these perceptions factored in the students' academic success. The underlying goal was to provide information about how adult learners at this two-year technical institution perceived their instruction as being significant to their needs and academic success. A quantitative approach was used in this study, administered to students during a one- week period enrolled at this two-year institution. The data gathered were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as means and standard deviations. The study resulted in a clear picture of how student perceptions of instructional strategies are connected to academic success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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