|A case study on facilitating learning through Fairleigh Dickinson University's Undergraduate Adult Degree Completion Program: success|
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A CASE STUDY ON FACILITATING LEARNING THROUGH FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY∆S UNDERGRADUATE ADULT DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM: SUCCESS
This case study examined facilitating adult learning through Fairleigh Dickinson University∆s SUCCESS Program. A selected review of the literature was conducted to identify the principles and practices that construct the theory of andragogy. From this review, five principles of andragogy and their associated indicators were selected for study. The selected principles for this investigation include: 1) Mutual Respect; 2) Collaboration; 3) Experience as a Resource; 4) Action-Oriented, and 5) Problem-Posing. Although the terms principles and practices constitute a set of values in some quarters, they are not used in a normative sense in this study. They simply reflect concepts, themes and/or prescriptions identified in the literature.
This study examined the extent to which the current practices of Fairleigh Dickinson University∆s SUCCESS Program, reflect the identified principles of andragogy. The perceptions of Fairleigh Dickinson University∆s key personnel (administrators, faculty and students) were also examined to determine their knowledge of, experience with, attitudes toward, orientation to as well as issues and problems with the principles of andragogy. Furthermore, this research project identified factors that impede or facilitate the application of andragogical principles in the institution and program studied as well as emerging themes.
Given the dimension and scope of this research project, a qualitative case study approach was used to assemble, organize and gather data for this study. Four distinct methods were used to collect the data for the study which included: 1) document analysis; 2) interviews; 3) critical incidents and 4) observations. Data collection was conducted during the 1989-90 academic year