Traditional vs. Non-traditional Students Comparison Essay by Writing Specialists

Traditional vs. Non-traditional Students
This paper looks at the achievement goals of traditional vs. non-traditional students.
# 91596 | 1,385 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2007 in Education (Higher) , Education (Theory)

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In this essay, the writer first presents a definition of the term non-traditional student. The writer notes that while this paper argues for the hypothesis that the non-traditional student is more inclined to have a higher achievement-motivation level than the traditional student, it should also be kept in mind that there are many studies that in fact show the contrary view. The writer points out that in one such study it was found that nontraditional students are less likely to attain their degree goal within 5 years and more likely to leave postsecondary education. However, on the other hand, the writer highlights that the literature tends towards a preponderance of evidence and studies which show that there are significant differences in these two groups of students and many of the these studies suggest that there is a strong indication that non-traditional students are more motivated and achievement orientated. The writer concludes that many of the studies referred to suggests that there is still a large amount of statistical and other research that has to be completed on this topic before any conclusive statement can be made.

From the Paper:

"There are also strong indications from a variety of studies that this group of students has a higher achievement and motivational level when compared to traditional students. Motivation is generally seen as a central criterion in obtaining higher achievement levels in all students. These two factors are linked and often seen as concomitant and supporting factors in the literature on this subject. McMenamin and McDevitt have stated that traditional students scored higher on motivation to learn than did the nontraditional students."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bauman, Stephanie San Miguel, et al. "Nontraditional Students' Service Needs and Social Support Resources: A Pilot Study." Journal of College Counseling 7.1 (2004): 13+.
  • Bowe, Frank G. Universal Design in Education: Teaching Nontraditional Students. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2000. Questia. 22 Feb. 2006
  • Donohue, Tambra L. and Eugene H. Wong. Achievement Motivation and College Satisfaction in Traditional and Nontraditional Students. 1997. Education 118.2 237+.
  • Lindgren, H. C. Measuring need to achieve by n Ach-n Aff scale-a forced-choice questionnaire. 1976. Psychology Reports, 39, 907-910.
  • Morris, Emily A., Peggy R. Brooks, and James L. May. The Relationship between Achievement Goal Orientation and Coping Style: Traditional vs. Nontraditional College Students. 2003. College Student Journal 37.1: 3+.

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