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ERIC Number: EJ899000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Wasted on the Young? Comparing the Performance and Attitudes of Younger and Older US Adults in an Online Class on Geographic Information
DiBiase, David; Kidwai, Khusro
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v34 n3 p299-326 Aug 2010
This study investigates the counter-intuitive observation that older students tend to thrive better than younger students in online classes. We use a variety of measures to compare performance and attitudes of undergraduates and continuing adult professionals in separate but nearly identical class sections led by the same instructor at a US university during the same nine-month study period. Findings are consistent with theoretical predictions about differences in readiness of younger and older adults for self-directed learning experiences. Results also suggest that online educators should be proactive in stimulating younger students' participation in class discussions, and should find ways to evaluate explicitly the tacit learning that online discussion can foster. (Contains 7 figures, 9 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A