Psychosocial issues and sources of support affecting retention for adult learners: Generational variations

Reported initial findings of large-scale correlational study of adult college students, psychosocial issues, generational membership, and retention.

Abstract: 

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 newlycreated 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.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Authors: 
Debbie Ritter-Williams
Ruby Rouse
Year of Publication: 
2011
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
AERC Conference Proceedings
Publication Language: 
English
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