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Remenick, Lauren; Goralnik, Lissy – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2019
Andragogy provides a framework for how adults learn, and contemporary researchers have explored its validity and usefulness in varied contexts. This article joins the discussion by examining andragogy in an as-yet-unstudied setting--an outdoor science education event (HJA Day). In this mixed-methods study, we examine how andragogy applies to HJA…
Descriptors: Andragogy, Outdoor Education, Science Education, Forestry
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Wisniewski, Mary Ann – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2019
The role of the academic department chair is arguably one of the most challenging in institutions of higher education, yet for the most part these academic leaders receive little training for the variety of management and leadership functions they are expected to perform. The lack of training for chairs is due to a number of factors, including…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Department Heads, Competence, Higher Education
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Pearson, Walter – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2019
What makes one adult student persistent? What makes another student bound for failure? In this article, we will explore the literature available since 2000 on the subject of adult student persistence. This study is in several sections. One deals with the factors that students bring with them into college, i.e., the background or internal factors.…
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, Academic Persistence, Background
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Madden, Therese; Monahan, Susan – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2019
Keep it simple. Focus on the students. Those may be the most important takeaways from the experience of the partnering of two educational institutions for the past eight years to ensure that students consistently and happily graduate with bachelor's degrees. Adult students over the age of 25 juggle many priorities and have responsibilities that…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Adult Students, Undergraduate Students, Access to Education
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Joseph, Siny; Oh, Jung; Ackerman, Patricia – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Faculty members often collaborate on research and service projects, but teaching remains a relatively solitary activity (Gizir & Simsek, 2005 ; Ramsden, 1998 ). While students attend classes taught by various faculty members, faculty members remain largely unaware of the innovative and pedagogical improvements in teaching made by their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Undergraduate Study, College Faculty
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Rabourn, Karyn E.; BrckaLorenz, Allison; Shoup, Rick – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Adult learners are a growing population in U.S. postsecondary education who experience distinct barriers to academic success. However, higher education institutions continue to create and adhere to policies that favor traditional college students. Thus, adult learner experiences must be better understood to ensure this population is supported.…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Adult Students, Learner Engagement, Comparative Analysis
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McKenna, Kelly – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
This study investigated the online higher education learning space of a doctoral program offered at a distance. It explored the learning space, the stakeholders, utilization, and creators of the space. Developing a successful online classroom experience that incorporates an engaging environment and dynamic community setting conducive to learning…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Distance Education
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McDonald, Nancy A. – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Competency-based higher education focuses on workplace competencies and often enables students to progress at their own pace. The university in this case study decided to pursue competency-based education (CBE) to offer working adults a convenient, self-paced way to earn a bachelor's degree. The mission of the university--to provide open access to…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Competency Based Education, Adult Education, Case Studies
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Choi, Hee Jun; Kim, Byoung Uk – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Few empirical studies of adult distance learners' decisions to drop out of degree programs have used large enough sample sizes to generalize the findings or data sets drawn from multiple online programs that address various subjects. Accordingly, in this study, we used a large administrative data set drawn from multiple online degree programs to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Dropout Rate, College Students
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Schulte, Marthann – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
This article explores the allusion possibilities for distance education career pathways and the well-known hierarchy of needs--a theory first introduced by American psychologist Abraham Maslow. A grounding concept learned by all Psychology 101 students in high school or college, Maslow's theory can provide a similar base for understanding,…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Distance Education, Career Development, Needs
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Boyle, Mike; Gotcher, David; Otts, David – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
In 2008, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) formed a special committee to make recommendations to increase the educational attainment of Tennessee adults. Called the Making Opportunity Affordable-Tennessee (MOA-TN) Adult Strategies Group, the new committee was convened with 23 higher education officials from across the state with…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Students, Student Evaluation, Labor Force Development
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Denman, Paige M.; Corrales, Jill M.; Smyth, Stephanie; Craven, Katie – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
This qualitative case study examines the personal experiences of the authors as members of an informal support group during the dissertation phase of their doctoral process. The group consisted of four Caucasian women ranging in age from 33 to 51 years of age when the group formed. Group e-mail messages in the form of archival data taken from…
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Communities of Practice, Females, Graduate Students
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Johnson, Ensa; Morwane, Refilwe; Dada, Shakila; Pretorius, Gaby; Lotriet, Marena – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Student engagement is a prerequisite for successful learning. Due to the tremendous change in the use of information and communication technologies, the nature of this engagement has had to adapt to fit a hybrid approach of teaching and learning. In this qualitative study, three focus group discussions were conducted that aimed to investigate…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Learning, Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement
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Dillard, Robert J.; Yu, Helen H. – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
Since 2002, nearly one million veterans have pursued higher education upon completion of their military service; however, the military-to-academic transition has been fraught with challenges. Despite concrete efforts by an increasing number of colleges and universities to help veterans make the transition, one recurring theme persists--many…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Veterans Education, Faculty Development, College Students
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Jobe, Rebecca L.; Lenio, Jim; Saunders, Joshua – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2018
With the rise of flexible learning modalities including hybrid and fully online programs, those seeking higher education opportunities now have more options than ever before. The present study was part of a larger effort by one university to develop strategies specifically aimed at improving the first-year student experience. Based on the results,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Adult Students, Adult Education
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