New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education volume 2016, issue 149, P83-92 2016 DOI: 10.1002/ace.20179 View full text
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Belle S. Wheelan

Abstract: The first tectonic shift I experienced during my 40-year career in higher education occurred on my first day as a higher education professional. I was an instructor in the Department of Psychology at a community college in Texas and in my first class of eager students was a gentleman of the ripe old age of 60 years. My first reaction was, "What in the world can I teach him?" As the year progressed, I realized that it was not unusual for students attending community colleges to be older than the traditional co…

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