Older students are returning to colleges and universities in ever increasing numbers. A recent article in "The Chronicle of Higher Education (Margarrell, 1981) reported that one third of the college and university population is now twenty-five or older.
College and university courses that were once populated by a relatively honogeneous group of younger students may need modifications. The older students are likely to be more mature learners and bring with them a wider experiential background. Therefore, assignments, instruction and experiences that were included to educate a younger population may need to be re-defined in order to address the educational needs of an older population. Education methods courses should not be exempt from this re-definition.
Van Cleaf, D. W.
Student Variables: Adjust for Pre-Service Teacher Needs.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 7(2).