Reporting the findings of a series of in-depth studies based on diverse groups of students, including early school-leavers, men, Maori, teachers, nurses, midcareer students, and retirees, this book examines these students' patterns of study, their employment status, their motivations, and the decisions they make. It examines how they experience university, how they see their futures, and how educational institutions might better plan, promote, process, and deliver courses to this growing group of older students.
Judith A. Davey is an associate professor in the school of social and cultural studies at Victoria University and the director of the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing. She is the author of five books in the From Birth to Death series. Jenny Neale is the deputy dean in the faculty of humanities and social sciences and the director of the M.A. program in social science research at Victoria University. Kay Morris Matthews is an associate professor in the school of education at Victoria University and the academic program director of the gender and women's studies program.