contrast to traditional age learners for whom the learner role is both their primary social role and the main basis for their self-identity. Adults fulfill multiple roles and these multiple roles inevitably create conflicting and competing demands on the adult learner.
Apr 22, 2011 · Additionally, since adult learners most likely have intrinsic financial commitment, this serves to increase the level of responsibility. Adult learners are well equipped to take on the challenge of higher education. It takes a school that is attune to the characteristics of adult learners to best provide a successful adult degree completion.
Adult learners are known by a wide variety of names — including non-traditional students, adult students, returning adults, adult returners, mature learners and many more — and they have an even wider variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, abilities, responsibilities and experiences.
Multiple Roles of Adult Learners Ellen E. Fairchild As readers will ﬁnd in other chapters of this volume, adult, or nontradi-tional, students compose one of the fastest growing segments of higher edu-cation’s student populations. Adult learners’ palette of life experience isCited by: 137.
Adult learners are a diverse group – typically age 25 and older – with a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, adult responsibilities and job experiences. They typically do not follow the traditional pattern of enrolling in postsecondary education immediately after high school.