A study of adults' orientations to learning at the national open university of Taiwan

Document Type



Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor's Name

Stephen M. Fain

First Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Judith J. Slater

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Third Advisor's Name

Paul Rendulic

Date of Defense



This study examined the orientation to learning of adult students attending National Open University (NOU) in Taiwan, focusing on an analysis of the relation between social-demographic variables and adult student orientation toward learnin Findings inform adult educators and researchers in Taiwan to improve contempora education. The NOU was founded in 1986 as a non-formal institution of higher educat which provides adults with opportunities for study which elevates the average educ level of citizens of Taiwan while at the same time improving the general quality of nation’s human resource pool, NOU operates out of four regional centers each ser specific region of the country



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