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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929382.001.0001

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The Road Through College

The Road Through College

Twists and Turns

(p.142) Chapter 6 The Road Through College
Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a variety of aspects of emerging adults’ college experiences. The first part of the chapter describes the rise in participation in “tertiary education” over the past century and the economic basis for it. Next comes a look at how emerging adults chart their course through college, including choosing a major from among many options. This section also contains a look at emerging adults who succeed in college and those who flounder, and some reasons for the differences. Then there is a critical look at the American system of allowing such widespread access to higher education, and a comparison to the European system, looking at the pros and cons of each. The second half of the chapter turns to what undergraduates have to say about their college experiences, for better and worse. The chapter closes with a critical look at two possible future trends, MOOCs, and gap years.

Keywords:   college students, tertiary education, undergraduate, MOOCs, gap year

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