College Knowledge: Power, Policy and the Mature Student Experience at University. Maynooth Adult and Community Education (MACE) Occasional Series

Fleming, Ted and Murphy, Mark (1997) College Knowledge: Power, Policy and the Mature Student Experience at University. Maynooth Adult and Community Education (MACE) Occasional Series. Other. .

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Abstract

The characteristics and experience of mature students at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth were examined in a study in which data were collected from the following: detailed questionnaire mailed to all 298 mature students registered at NUI Maynooth and returned by 164 (55%) of them; semistructured interviews with a sample of 20 individuals selected from the 164 respondents based on certain demographic characteristics; and 4 focus groups. Policy regarding national and international changes in higher education (HE) was reviewed along with the literature on financial issues affecting mature students in HE, mature students' relationships and external commitments, and the learning process. The typical mature student was young, single, and childless. Although finance was not the most crucial issue for the respondents, it always lay close to the surface. The main motivations cited for entering the university were to obtain a qualification that would jump-start their careers and to prove to themselves that they could get a degree. Those who entered the university with vocational ambitions were most likely to be successful. Twenty-two policy proposals were formulated. (Twenty-four tables/figures are included. Appended are a description of the study methodology and the study questionnaire. The bibliography contains 60 references.) (MN)

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: Availability - Level 1 - Available online, if indexed January 1993 onward; Last updated - 2014-03-21
Uncontrolled Keywords: National University of Ireland; ERIC, Resources in Education (RIE); Financial Support; Nontraditional Students; Questionnaires; Student Characteristics; Adult Students; Educational Trends; Higher Education; Needs Assessment; Literature Reviews; Financial Problems; Adult Learning; Student Experience; Foreign Countries; Student Attitudes; Educational Policy; Student Needs; College Students; Student Educational Objectives; School Surveys; Trend Analysis; Student Motivation
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 15:16
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 15:18
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2277

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