Adults, Motivation And Higher Education
Adults now constitute the majority of students in higher education; what they bring to it, want and need are important questions in the development of a more responsive higher education. The author discusses The Relationship Between Motives, Education, And Life History To Explore how culture and history shape people and their motives for learning, taking into account variations in gender, social background and ethnicity, challenging the orthodox view that non-traditional students enter higher educational for vocational/material reasons.
'... [a] thorough and revealing study of adult students in higher education. West's study is worth singling out because, apart from its other virtues, it makes us stop and think about some of the ways in which people cateogorise learning and actively tackle it within the context of their daily lives, challenging us to look again at our interpretation of survey and other data ... Linden West's vivid and moving portrait of learner identities...' - Professor John Field, University of Warwick, for Adults' Learning