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Andragogy: How do post-secondary institutions educate and service adult learners

Tannehill, Darcy B (2009) Andragogy: How do post-secondary institutions educate and service adult learners. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Nontraditional students often have many responsibilities beyond those of traditional students. These responsibilities include: full time employment, marriage, children, and large financial commitments. This research will focus on the undergraduate adult learner and will present how institutions of higher learning have begun to respond to the adult learner, the current state of the adult learner, the needs of the adult learner, and the processes and procedures that institutions of higher education implement to educate and support the adult learner. It begins with the history of Andragogy and a discussion of what current literature is saying about andragogy. Then, the research questions are identified and the research methodology used to gather the information and data. The research results are then presented, and the study concludes with the research findings and a discussion on potential future research considerations of andragogy and how post-secondary institutions can better educate and service adult learners. The overall purpose is to demonstrate the importance of improving these services to improve quality of student service and enhancement of the student experience. Eighty-five institutions responded to the survey on current andragogy styles and the results will demonstrate the importance of increased attention to andragogy and its impact on the student experience.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tannehill, Darcy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairYeager, John Ljlyeager@education.pitt.eduJLYEAGER
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Committee MemberSutin, Stewartssutin@education.pitt.eduSSUTIN
Date: 15 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 April 2009
Approval Date: 15 June 2009
Submission Date: 14 May 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: nontraditional; adult learner; student services
Other ID:, etd-05142009-142515
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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