Title page for ETD etd-06152005-122402

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Wilson, Lynda Swanson
URN etd-06152005-122402
Title A Test of Andragogy in a Post-Secondary Educational Setting
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Elwood Holton Committee Chair
Krisanna Machtmes Committee Member
Michael Burnett Committee Member
Reid Bates Committee Member
DianneTaylor Dean's Representative
  • adult learner
  • adult education
  • andragogy
Date of Defense 2005-05-17
Availability unrestricted
This predictive study tested the theory of andragogy in a post-secondary educational setting. It produced a sound psychometric instrument (ALPDEQ). The study was one of the first to successfully isolate adult learners, a major step forward in testing andragogy. Results provided insight of andragogy’s effect on two student outcomes, learning and satisfaction. The findings revealed adult learners enrolled in a MBA degree program provided evidence of learning and were not influenced by andragogy. However, satisfaction with instructor and course was affected by perception of andragogical teaching behaviors exhibited by faculty. The study included many exploratory faculty and student characteristic variables, never before studied, and results indicated characteristics, above and beyond age, gender, and ethnicity, were predictors to learning and satisfaction.
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