ERIC Number: EJ745954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 74
Higher Education Journals' Discourse about Adult Undergraduate Students
Donaldson, Joe F.; Townsend, Barbara K.
Journal of Higher Education, v78 n1 p27-50 Jan-Feb 2007
In 1999-2000, 7.1 million adults age 24 or older constituted 43% of all undergraduates in U.S. institutions of higher education, compared to 5.73 million adult students enrolled a decade earlier (1989-1990). The growing proportion of adult undergraduates has become a significant source of enrollment and income for numerous institutions for which the proportion of "traditional age" students (typically defined as between 18 to 22 years of age) is shrinking. The growth of adult participation in U.S. higher education has occurred in the context of other changes within higher education. Despite these shifts in higher education practice, scholars have paid little attention to adult students' presence and their impact upon nonprofit higher education. Several studies have documented the lack of attention to adult students in U.S. higher education research. Given claims about the lack of research on adult undergraduates and the repetitive nature of the existing research, as well as the lack of a current in-depth analysis about how adult students are portrayed in the higher education literature, these authors chose to use content analysis to examine seven refereed higher education journals published between 1990 and 2003 to determine how adult undergraduate students were treated in their articles. The purpose of the study was twofold: to determine the frequency with which adult students appeared in selected journals of higher education as a topic of research, and to examine how the scholarly discourse in the journals portrayed these adult students. (Contains 3 tables and 1 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Periodicals, Adult Education, Undergraduate Students, Enrollment, Educational Practices, Adult Students, Attention, Educational Research, Content Analysis, Journal Articles, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States