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ERIC Number: EJ1069233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Advising Experiences and Needs of Online, Cohort, and Classroom Adult Graduate Learners
Schroeder, Shawnda M.; Terras, Katherine L.
NACADA Journal, v35 n1 p42-55 2015
Although a majority of graduate students fall under the definition of adult learners (over age 24 years), many traditional institutions do not offer advising specific to them, nor do they recognize advising needs of these older students in online, classroom, or cohort situations. In this phenomenological study, 9 adult graduate learners were interviewed, 3 from each learning environment, to understand and explain the perceived advising needs and experiences within and among learning environments. Findings suggest that adult learners, regardless of learning environment, require complex and holistic advising. Five themes of good graduate advising are discussed. The need for immediate advisor response varied with respect to participants' learning environments. Implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Adult Students, Student Needs, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Phenomenology, Educational Environment, Holistic Approach, Counseling Services, Academic Advising, Student Experience, Group Counseling, Online Courses, Trust (Psychology), Individual Differences, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Practices, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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