Older Women, Deeper Learning, and Greater Satisfaction at University: Age and Gender Predict University Students’ Learning Approach and Degree Satisfaction.

Mark Rubin, Jill Scevak, Erica Southgate, Suzanne Macqueen, Paul Williams, Heather Douglas
  • Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, January 2016, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000042

What is it about?

“The ‘ideal learner’, from an institutional view, is young, well-resourced and not bound by conflicting family obligations” (Mallman & Lee, 2014, p. 3). However, some recent research published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education challenges this view. If we consider “ideal learners” to be active, independent, critical, and inquisitive students who go beyond the set curriculum, then older women should be regarded as more ideal than younger women and men of all ages.

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