ERIC Number: EJ852712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Making Space for Adult Learners in Higher Education
Osman, R.; Castle, J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n4 p515-527 2006
National policy in higher education requires higher education institutions to widen access to adult learners alongside other previously excluded groups, yet gives few indications as to how this should be done. The assumption seems to have been that broadening access is sufficient in itself. In this article we argue that it is possible to construct space for adult learners in higher education if institutions conceive of access in its broadest sense, that is, when access is explicitly linked to retention and throughput, and when learning is closely aligned to the changing context of higher education and the workplace. We use adult education and social learning theories to analyse an honours programme in Journalism and Media Studies where adult learners have flourished because access has been linked to learners' motivation, mindful adaptations to the curriculum, and support from the workplace.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Higher Education, Socialization, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Access to Education, Adult Education, Educational Policy, School Holding Power, Education Work Relationship, Honors Curriculum, Journalism Education, Mass Media, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa