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This qualitative study of 43 adult learners in an urban community college critically examines the theory of andragogy’s relevance in today’s “New Economy.” Findings encompass 1) an individual dimension detailing adult learners’ complex motivations for higher education; 2) an instructional dimension concerning the importance of involved, caring, and tolerant instructors who respect adult learners and facilitate their growth; and 3) an institutional dimension specifying forms of support adult learners identify as essential for success.


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  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Publisher
    • Taylor and Francis

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Book or Journal Information:

      Educational Forum