ERIC Number: EJ699186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Reference Count: 22
Nontraditional Students' Perspectives on College Education: A Qualitative Study
Chao, Ruth; Good, Glenn E.
Journal of College Counseling, v7 n1 p5 Spr 2004
This study explored nontraditional college students' perspectives on their college education. Forty-three undergraduate students with an average age of 38 years completed 60-minute structured interviews. Qualitative research methodology based on grounded theory was used in data synthesis. Results identified the central concept of hopefulness, which interacted with 5 other themes: (a) motivation, (b) financial investment, (c) career development, (d) life transition, and (e) support systems. Implications for counseling practice and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Age Differences, Nontraditional Students, Career Development, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Counseling, Higher Education
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304. Web site: http://www.counseling.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A