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Adult Learners in the Academy Lee Bash

Adult Learners in the Academy

Lee Bash

Published April 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781882982608
Hardcover
230 pages
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Adult learners comprise almost 50 percent of all students enrolled. Some argue they are pioneering change in todays higher educational landscape. This book is designed to assist faculty members and administrators who want to understand how theMoreAdult learners comprise almost 50 percent of all students enrolled. Some argue they are pioneering change in todays higher educational landscape. This book is designed to assist faculty members and administrators who want to understand how the impact of adult learning programs has and is helping to transform the academy and how newer initiatives are likely to change their own campuses in the coming decades.Through the use of case studies, and by blending the theoretical aspects of adult learning with practical application and personal experience, Lee Bash depicts each facet of adult learners and the requirements higher education must fulfill to meet their needs. The author exploresThe context of adult learning from four perspectives: adult programs, adult learners, demographics and projections, and programmatic best practicesThe distinguishing characteristics of adult learners, the special challenges they face, their motivations to continue their education, and why they seek and what they bring to college-level learningThe institutional responses to the adult learner, such as programmatic perspectives and the fundamental needs required to sustain adult learning programsMeaningful applications of the term lifelong learning as well as some projections on how the 21st-century academy is likely to changeThis book is a helpful guide to all interested in understanding adult learnings place in academia today and implementing and sustaining successful adult learning programs for tomorrow.