What Defines Adult Learners in Higher Education?<br />“Nontraditional students are those who have at least one of the following characteristics: they delay postsecondary enrollment one year or more after high school graduation, enroll part time, are employed full time, are financially independent of their parents, have dependents other than a spouse, are single parents, or do not have a high school diploma (National Center for Education Statistics, 2002).” (Compton et al. 2006).<br />
P B & J Process<br />How does this activity relate to the interactions between adult learners and institutions/professors?<br />How did the experienced peanut-butter sandwich makers feel about having to follow each individual instruction?<br />In what ways was the experience changed for the better by the specific instructions? In what was it changed for the worse?<br />Have you been in a similar circumstance? If yes, how did it impact other areas of your life?<br />
What are the issues facing Adult Learners?<br />Schlossberg’s Transition Theory<br />Quick Review of Articles:<br /><ul><li>Chao, R., & Good, G. E. (2004).
Compton, J. I., Cox, E., & Laanan, F. S. (2006).
Kinser, K., & Deitchman, J. (2007). </li></ul>Define the Adult Learner Culture<br /><ul><li>What does it mean to be an “adult learner”?
What does it mean to be a “non-traditional student”?
Who represents this culture on our own campuses?</li></li></ul><li>Knowing Our Campuses<br />Meeting the Needs of the Adult Learner Student Culture<br />
Reflection and Processing<br />Small Groups<br />What are specific issues this student might be facing?<br />What expectations might this student have for your campus in regards to support as an adult student learner?<br />How does your campus meet the needs of this student?<br />How does your campus provide support to this student?<br />Large Groups<br />What are some expectations your group discussed is regards to support for adult student learners?<br />What types of things did your group discuss in relation to meeting the needs of adult student learners on your campus?<br />
How can we integrate meeting the needs of Adult Learners into our practice?<br />