ERIC Number: EJ824802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 12
Emotional Challenges of Adult Learners in Higher Education
Kasworm, Carol E.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n120 p27-34 Win 2008
Learning is an act of hope. Although adults enter learning experiences from many frames of emotion and cognitive beliefs, each views this experience as the purposeful choice for a new and different future, a future of hope and possibilities. For adult learners, the pursuit of higher education is a choice and a life-changing engagement. Given the courage and the fragility of adult students, this article explores four key emotional challenges of the complex journey in developing a successful student identity. The premise for this exploration is that adult students live in multiple worlds: (1) worlds of action and commitment; (2) worlds of emotional validation and conflict; and (3) worlds that will change both the mind and the heart.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Affective Behavior, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Experience, Learning Experience, Collegiality, Student Adjustment, Midlife Transitions, Goal Orientation, Career Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
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