Educational experiences of aging nontraditional undergraduate students / by John MacKenzie.
MacKenzie, John Fraser
SubjectAdult education Social aspects
Older people Education (Continuing Education) Attitudes
Continuing education Social aspects
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"This qualitative study describes the educational experiences of older full-time nontraditional undergraduate students. The participants in this study were over 40 years old and came from varying educational backgrounds. One left high school early while the others had graduated. All had entered the workforce directly from high school, but only one subsequently had attained higher education. None had previously attended university; however, all had degenerative injuries that precipitated a return to school. Questions that explored early school experiences, subsequent learning activities, changing social support mechanisms, and transitional events that affected participants' educational experiences provided a research framework. This study utilized life course and persistence theories to analyze data.