The Midlife Woman as Student

  • Nancy K. Schlossberg
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


A learning explosion is under way in this country. According to a study conducted by the College Board’s Future Directions for a Learning Society, “half of all Americans 25 years and older (over 60 million adults) learned one or more topics in the past year” (Aslanian and Brickell, 1980, p. 43). Women constituted over half (52%) of this group of learners. The definition of learning used in the college board study was broad, encompassing informal and independent learning activities as well as organized, formal instruction. Hence, the estimated participation rate is unusually high.


Adult Woman Adult Education Adult Learner Substantive Complexity Minority Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy K. Schlossberg
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  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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