ERIC Number: ED441004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-26
The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living: A Case Study of Adults in College Who Developed an Experiential Learning Portfolio Based on Professional Work Experiences.
Brown, Judith O.
This study examined the perspectives of eight adult college students who developed experiential learning portfolios based on their experiences in the workplace. Individual interviews were conducted to obtain participants' opinions and attitudes on the development of the experiential learning portfolio. Three major themes emerged from the data. After developing the portfolio, students expressed changes in their understanding of their professional abilities and of themselves in the workplace. Students also better understood the role of work in their lives. A final theme was that of better understanding of how and why students had accomplished what they did in their professional lives. In spite of the diverse backgrounds of these adult students, they shared common experiences in the portfolio process. Findings support the inclusion of the portfolio option in colleges and universities that serve working adults, and they support the assumption that adults learn in a variety of ways both in academic and workplace environments. Two appendixes contain sample parts of a portfolio and guides for portfolio document review. (Contains 55 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000). Co-authors were Jo D. Gallagher, Valeria J. Janesick, and Douglas H. Smith.