ERIC Number: ED212818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Adult Learning: A Personal Construct Approach.
Candy, Philip C.
A pilot study into adult learners' perceptions of adult learning was undertaken in early 1980 at Adelaide College of the Arts and Education (Australia). The research set out to explore whether there are underlying dimensions which adult learners use in evaluating and comparing learning experiences. Five volunteer subjects completed Kolb's Learning Style Inventory and a Kelly Repertory Grid with both elements and constructs being elicited. The grids were subjected to Slater's INGRID program and to Shaw's FOCUS program. It was found that while there are some shared constructs about adult learning, there are also many unique and idiosyncratic dimensions. It is argued that some sort of exploratory dialogue both about the teaching/learning situation itself, and about the subject being studied, may be an appropriate starting point when working with a group of adult learners. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology (4th, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1981).