ERIC Number: ED433437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-26
Transformations within the Classroom Experience. "The Light Bulb Just Went On."
Wolf, Mary Alice
A study explored learners' understanding of their own changing perceptions as they study the theory and research of aging and track their development in personal journals. The writings of 280 graduate and undergraduate students in gerontology classes, aged 18-75, were analyzed for personal assessments of their own learning. Among the themes that emerged, personal transitions and psychological transformations were prominent. Specifically cited were generational awareness, differentiation of others' meaning systems, and the realization that growth can be a costly emotional process. Taken as a whole, it is clear that adult learning is very dynamic. It involves differentiation--separation from what one knew before--and reconnection--seeing things in a new light. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (25th, St. Louis, MO, February 1999).