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ERIC Number: ED236307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Self-Concept for the Adult Learner.
Holtzclaw, Louis R.
Self-concept is an important element in the growth and developmental process for individual human beings. Adult learners in institutional programs need assistance in probing their inner selves to be able to move ahead in their lives. David Kolb's work with the experiental learning model is especially appropriate in dealing with adult learners. In addition to providing a framework for conceptualizing individual differences in learning styles and social adaptation, the model suggests more normative directions for human growth and development. The particularity of one's cultural/personal history is pivotal in the emerging self-concept. One must look objectively at one's history, relate it, and calibrate it to the present experiences with which one is struggling in the effort to gain self-knowledge. Armed with an accurate self-concept, the individual can find self-actualization. As the individual moves through life, he/she must face various role demands. Each person has some center of ultimate concern that defines the center of self and gives the organizing principle for all the various "callings." The task of bringing these diverse inner elements or roles into a cooperative, contributive relationship with each other is a major task of self-concept identification for every adult. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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