Facilitating Learning with Adult Students in the Transcultural Classroom

Facilitating Learning with Adult Students in the Transcultural Classroom

Gerald E. Thomas (Springfield College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5780-9.ch065
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the “new” college classroom, looking at the profile of an adult student, what is meant by transculturalism, and the implications of the combination of the two. A series of guidelines are offered for facilitating learning for this diverse group of students. While offering a review of some previous empirical research on the issues of adult students, multiculturalism, and transculturalism, this chapter primarily reflects the author's experiences in working with this population. Also offered are recommendations for future research.
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What Is An Adult Student?

During the 1999-2000 academic year, it was estimated that as many as 43 percent of all enrolled undergraduates were 24 years or older (representing around 7.1 million students), and among this number, 40 percent were between 24-30, 32 percent were in the 30-39 age range, and 28 percent were 40 or older. Within this group, the large percentage, estimated at 82 percent, were working adults (Berker, Horn, & Carroll, 2003).

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