Adult learners and traditional age freshmen: Comparing the "new" pool with the "old" pool of students

George D Kuh, Frank P. Ardaiolo

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Abstract

First year adult learners (23 years of age and older) from a residential campus and an urban commuter campus and traditional age (17-20 years of age) freshmen were compared on a variety of demographic variables. Many of the commonly held assumptions about older students visà-vis younger students were substantiated. In general, adult learners at the residential campus comprised a distinct group unlike commuter campus adult learners and traditional age freshmen. Implications and suggestions for additional research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979

Keywords

  • adult learners
  • student characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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