Mature age students in Teacher Education (21 and over on first enrollment) differ notably in what they look for in their course from the younger students. Analysis of a survey of third year Diploma of Teaching students’ ratings of the relevance of units for teaching showed that students over 25 years of age rated the Education and Educational Psychology units significantly more relevant to teaching than did the younger students. The older students also rated Language Arts units and a Remedial and Special Education Unit as significantly more relevant and Art Education units , Physical Education units and Science Education units as significantly less relevant to teaching than did the younger students.
King, R. B., & Haynes, B. T. (1980). Mature Aged Students in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.1980v5n2.5