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Busher, Hugh; James, Nalita – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2019
This paper discusses how mature Access to Higher Education (AHE) students worked hard to gain access to Higher Education (HE) because they wished to pursue careers that required this level of education. They wanted to transform themselves as learners to achieve their aspirations despite the hurdles that many faced, such as maintaining families,…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, College Students, Occupational Aspiration
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Ollis, Tracey; Ryan, Cheryl; Starr, Karen; Harrison, Ursula – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2018
This article focusses on later life learning in Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria, Australia, amidst a backdrop of neoliberal education policies impacting on Adult Community Education (ACE) in Australia. This empirical research was conducted in the state of Victoria and charts the learning of older learners (referred to in this article as later…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Education, Informal Education
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Erb, Sandra; Drysdale, Maureen T. B. – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2017
The current study investigated learning attributes, academic self-efficacy and sense of belonging of mature adult students in higher education. Undergraduate students of all ages at a large Canadian research intensive university were recruited to participate in an online survey. Mature and traditional age students were compared on their motivation…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Student School Relationship, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power
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Webb, Sue – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2017
Global migration is increasing to unprecedented levels, especially from non-OECD countries to OECD countries. One of the new challenges for lifelong learning is that migrants are expected to be responsible for ensuring that they have the capabilities and learning to adapt to new contexts but qualifications and experiences obtained in one national…
Descriptors: Migration, Lifelong Learning, Social Networks, Informal Education
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Esmond, Bill – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2015
Adult participation in higher education has frequently entailed mature students studying part time in lower-ranked institutions. In England, higher education policies have increasingly emphasised higher education provision in vocational further education colleges, settings which have extensive adult traditions but which mainly teach…
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, Part Time Students, Qualitative Research
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Thunborg, Camilla; Bron, Agnieszka; Edström, Eva – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
Changes in higher education (HE) in Sweden, from elite to mass education, with an increased number of students and institutions, has raised questions about the role of HE in society. Relating to conflicts between discourses of employability, democracy, traditional academic norms and experiences of non-traditional students, the aim of this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Students, Student Experience, Student Motivation
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Toynton, Robert – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2006
This article aims to develop understanding of the impact of the experiences of the queer learner and teacher upon their need for safe spaces within adult education. From the perspective of learning and teaching within science, I discuss the relations between the perceived relevance of queer issues in the "classroom" and the distance of the…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Adult Education, Homosexuality, Social Experience
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Williamson, Bill – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1992
Discussions with 11 British chemical workers and 13 miners attending continuing education courses highlight the critical importance of the value people place on their own learning needs and the ways in which they interpret the social changes affecting their lives. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Chemical Industry, Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Withnall, Alexandra; Percy, Keith – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1990
Interviews with 13 female and 7 male retirees in the West Midlands, England, aged 60-70 plus, ascertained their self-perceived reading, writing, oral communication, and computation skills. It was concluded that basic skills cannot be defined as an identifiable set of coping skills, but must be based on self-perceived requirements within an…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Educational Gerontology, Foreign Countries