Adult Learners Conference slated at University Park
Penn State University will hold the 2008 Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2008. The conference is a one-day event that showcases the best practices from the Penn State community involved with helping adult learners. Best practices come from classroom and distance learning teachers, administrators, counselors, researchers, and other persons involved with making life more fulfilling for adult students at Penn State.Jennifer Parker Talwar, associate professor of sociology and faculty coordinator of the organizational leadership (OLEAD) program at Penn State Lehigh Valley, along with a group of students, will present The Adult Learner in a Changing Campus Environment: Recruitment and Retention. Student presenters include Elias Cekovic, Bernadette Eckhart, Kathleen Hopp, and Ira Lerner. The presentation will emphasize the need to address the adult student learner in the context of a changing campus environment and the demands of a growing metropolitan region. Based on findings from a survey as well as qualitative interviews of adult learners enrolled at Penn State Lehigh Valley, the following will be highlighted: changing demographics, alternative class structures, and the relationships between student expectations and experiences. The research was conducted in SOC 207 in the OLEAD program as a faculty-student collaboration. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/hendrick.