A Study on Factors Influencing Young and Matured Adult Learners to Continue Their Education

  • Kaussalya Verasingam INTEC Education College, UITM
  • Kaarthiyainy Supramaniam UITM Shah Alam
  • Nalini Arumugam UITM Shah Alam
  • Sai Dharinee Sathyiasenan UITM Dengkil


Distance learning is one convenient form of education for adult learners who aspire to advance their career as well as to meet the demand at workplace. Thus, this study aims to investigate factors encouraging adult learners to continue their education and their coping strategies with challenges they encounter as adult learners.  This group of adult learners furthers their studies through a distance learning programme via a system called ‘ilearn’, which is offered by the institution. This study adopted quantitative methodology to elicit information and substantiated with structured interview responses to add credibility to the findings. Eighty-two adult learners from Bachelor of Finance, UiTM Shah Alam participated in this study. The results indicated that the main factors motivating adult learners to pursue their education are their aspiration for professional advancement, monetary gains and improving their quality of lifestyle. The results also revealed that financial constraints and time factor are the most significant barriers affecting adult learners’ mindset and they strive to overcome these challenges by approaching banks for study loans and opting out for distance learning programme offered during weekends. These two options reduce their hurdles slightly and they are able to cope with their choice of furthering their education.

Author Biographies

Kaussalya Verasingam, INTEC Education College, UITM

Kaussalya Verasingam is an English Language Lecturer from INTEC Education College, UITM Shah Alam. She was a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at Ohio University, Athens, USA for the academic year of 2018/2019. She holds a Master of Education (TESL) from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang with MyMaster Scholarship (MyBrain), The National Development Program and Bachelor of Education (TESL) from Management and Science University (MSU), Shah Alam with a Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad Scholarship. She has always been passionate about language teaching and inspiring the young minds. She wrote a narrative in a Teacher’s Narrative publication titled “We are Star Dust”. She was also invited by UCSI College,KL and TAR UC, KL as a guest speaker on “Standard English at Workplace and Academia” for Industrial Training Week. Kaussalya has presented in several conferences and won Gold and Silver Medal for two of her presentations. She has always had her interest in education, language and linguistics and educational technology.

Kaarthiyainy Supramaniam, UITM Shah Alam

Kaarthiyainy Supramaniam of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam (UiTM) is with expertise in: Teacher Education, Language Education and Higher Education. She is also a senior lecturer who’s research interest is in TESL & Applied Linguistics.

Nalini Arumugam, UITM Shah Alam

Nalini Arumugam, is an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Academy of Language Studies Department, Faculty Member. She studies English language teaching, Languages and Linguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language.

Sai Dharinee Sathyiasenan, UITM Dengkil

Sai Dharinee Sathiyasenan is a Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Dengkil (UiTM).She is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching of English as a Second Language at University Malaya.

How to Cite
VERASINGAM, Kaussalya et al. A Study on Factors Influencing Young and Matured Adult Learners to Continue Their Education. International Journal of Modern Languages And Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 1-14, june 2020. ISSN 2600-7266. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/ijmal/article/view/9467>. Date accessed: 01 oct. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/ijmal.v4i2.9467.