Psychosocial Issues and Sources of Support Affecting Retention for Adult Learners: Generational Variations

Publication Year:
2011
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Repository URL:
https://newprairiepress.org/aerc/2011/papers/84
Author(s):
Ritter-Williams, Debbie; Rouse, Ruby A.
Tags:
Adult and Continuing Education Administration; Education
article description
Amid predictions of increasing numbers of jobs requiring employees with degrees, the retention of adult students returning to degree programs has become a critical concern. This study investigates generational differences in psychosocial factors that may influence adult students to discontinue taking classes, and the sources of support they find most helpful and important. A newly- created survey instrument was found to have acceptable validity and reliability and used to collect data from thousands of adult college students in April-May 2011.