ERIC Number: EJ710295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Square Pegs: Adult Students and Their "Fit" in Postsecondary Institutions
Hagedorn, Linda Serra
Change, v37 n1 p22 Jan-Feb 2005
Like the proverbial "square peg" that meets resistance when forced to go through a round hole, adult students often struggle as they try to progress through systems of higher education that have been shaped to accommodate traditionally aged students. Adult students may have difficulty progressing through the postsecondary system because they are perceived by many stakeholders as being "out of sequence." Strongly held social norms emphasize that formal education is for the young--the first component in a "tri-partition" of the life cycle into three orthogonal and linear segments: education, followed by work, followed by the leisure of old age.
Descriptors: Adult Students, Postsecondary Education, Nontraditional Students, Social Bias, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sequential Tests of Educational Progress