What is it about?

Older community college students enter classes with a sense of alienation and disaffection. This article explores strategies for making writing classrooms more inclusive and suggests ways that experienced adults can elevate the learning environment for all learners.

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Why is it important?

Education must forever be inclusive and empowering if we are to live in a democracy. There is no room for exclusion, which is why older students must have their space in the classroom.


Teaching at a community college is a joy as well as a challenge, because of the diversity of the students. While we often do--and should--focus on people of color and women--it is equally important to make room for older students, who come to the class with many of the same feelings of impotence and vulnerability.

greg shafer
Mott Community College

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This page is a summary of: Mentoring Returning Adults to be Mentors and Writers, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, October 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2019.1681329.
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