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ERIC Number: EJ949031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
Adult Learners as Graduate Students: Underlying Motivation in Completing Graduate Programs
Hegarty, Niall
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v59 n3 p146-151 2011
The majority of graduate part-time programs are fueled by adult learners seeking to enhance their human capital and advance professional careers. In contrast, degree-granting programs seek to impart knowledge and advance learning in a particular discipline. At this intersection lies the individual student's motivation to satisfy their personal goals while also satisfying a college's knowledge requirement in a specific area. The primary focus of this article is to highlight the absence of research and measurement of this student population. Student motivation is examined and motivation characteristics are identified that assist the adult learner complete graduate school education. The article also serves as a guide to program developers in understanding this student body.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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