Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1990

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the personal and educational needs of adult students. The independent variables were age, gender, marital status, number of hours enrolled, income, race, and number of children in the home. The dependent variables were life skill development needs, career development needs, educational planning needs and association with other’s needs. The total sample size was 198 students. Five composite null hypotheses were tested employing a three-way analysis of variance. Total comparisons made were 140; of which 56 were recurring, giving a total of 84 comparisons. Of the 84 comparisons, 18 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 18 comparisons which were statistically significant, 10 were main effects, and 8 were interactions. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. Married students have greater educational planning needs than single students. 2. Students with income levels from $21,000-$29,999 have greater association with others needs than students with incomes over $50,000. 3. There was an interaction between gender and marital status for the dependent variable career development. 4. There was an interaction between age and credit hours enrolled for the dependent variable career development. 5. There was an interaction between age and credit hours enrolled for the dependent variable educational planning. 6. There was an interaction between age and credit hours enrolled for the dependent variable association with other. 7. There was an interaction between age and credit hours enrolled for the dependent variable life skills development. S. There was an interaction between income level and number of children at home for the dependent variable career development. 9. There was an interaction among race, income level and number of children at home for the dependent variable career development. 10. There was an interaction between income level and number of children at home for the dependent variable educational planning.

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Copyright 1990 Deborah Trahern Lloyd

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