ERIC Number: EJ872313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Nontraditional Students: Who Are They?
Jinkens, Robert C.
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p979-987 Dec 2009
Past research has indicated that different students learn differently. If we could identify into which group(s) students were more closely aligned, then we could help students learn more effectively. One such classification has been whether students were considered to be traditional or nontraditional, where traditional students were frequently considered to be those less than 24 years of age, and nontraditional students were frequently considered to be those 24 years of age or older. The composite opinion of 30 faculty indicated that age may not properly identify whether students are traditional or nontraditional, but that a life changing event does. While some students might possess the characteristics of a traditional student all of their lives, others may exhibit nontraditional characteristics early in life. Traditional may need more motivation (e.g. grade credit for homework and class attendance), whereas with nontraditional students faculty perhaps could concentrate more on the subject matter of the class.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Attendance, Higher Education, College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Cognitive Style, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Independent Study, Learner Controlled Instruction, Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Reentry Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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