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ERIC Number: EJ824818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Adult Students in Higher Education: A Portrait of Transitions
Hardin, Carlette Jackson
New Directions for Higher Education, n144 p49-57 Win 2008
Adult students, whether new or returning to higher education, experience a unique set of transition challenges. This chapter highlights the barriers facing adult students and offers ways to overcome them. For many adult students, returning to college and fulfilling their goals is much like building a house of cards. In order to be successful, each part of their lives must be in place and carefully balanced. When changes occur, whether these changes are created by the student, family, or the institution, this careful balance collapses. Too often, the student then feels that the only option is to drop out. College and university administrators must recognize the needs of this special population and be advocates for adult students. When this occurs, adult learners come to see themselves as capable of handling the transitions of life while becoming lifelong learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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