ERIC Number: EJ1137886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
An Integrative Literature Review on the Barriers Impacting Adult Learners' Return to College
Osam, E. Kobena; Bergman, Matt; Cumberland, Denise M.
Adult Learning, v28 n2 p54-60 May 2017
The composition of the college population has shifted from a bastion of full-time 18- to 22-year-old students to a far more diverse population that typically works part-time or full-time, has greater family commitments, is over 24, and is juggling various competing responsibilities while attending college. This shift has prompted researchers to examine the challenges that this student body of adult learners face in their pursuit of a college education. The purpose of this integrative literature review is to offer an updated synthesis of empirical findings on the barriers faced by adult learners who are seeking a college degree. In addition, this review offers potential solutions to college institutions to help their adult learners overcome the barriers they face.
Descriptors: Barriers, Access to Education, Adult Students, Reentry Students, Higher Education, Gender Differences, Educational Finance, School Policy, Individual Characteristics, Responsibility, Scheduling, Self Esteem
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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