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ERIC Number: ED432566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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An Interview with a Lifelong Learner.
Rajuan, Maureen
This paper compares and contrasts the author's adult learning experiences with those of another adult learner in order to understand the inter-relationship between the domains of education and "work and love" (Merriam, 1993) imbedded in adult development theory. The author interviewed a female colleague of similar age and place of residence who was enrolled in the same institution of higher learning. The interviewee was a high school and college English teacher. The external dialogue of the interview focused on the positive aspects of her teaching career and educational experiences. Some of the themes of her external dialogue included stages of learning according to age categories (early adulthood, middle age, late adulthood, and retirement). The internal dialogue was composed of the interviewee's personal relationship to education, which she viewed as one of loyalty, constriction, and domination of her life. It noted her fear of being alone and fear of aging. The interviewee perceived education as fulfilling many needs, including self-identity, organization of life structure, enhancement of work experiences, contribution to the profession, social achievement, escape from personal problems, and remaining young. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel