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ERIC Number: ED452750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 23
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Extending Graduate Education to Non-Traditional Learners.
Nesbit, Tom
This paper describes the professionally oriented Masters of Education degree program at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (BC), Canada, a program that provides graduate education to cohorts of nontraditional adult learners using the idea of transformational learning. For the past several years, Simon Fraser University has offered a model M. Ed. Degree program to groups of students based in several BC communities far removed from the home campus. The approach is unique because it is a cohort model, open to nontraditional students who don't always fulfill the normal graduate entrance requirements. The program fosters a transformative leadership emphasis so as to enhance participants' self-perceptions as active learners and leaders of change in the organizations and institutions in which they work. All of the students in the local cohort groups are education professionals with at least 5 years experience as educators. The program itself consists of a 2-year (six semester) series of courses taught (usually on alternate weekends) in students' home areas followed by a comprehensive examination. The middle of each program is a 6-week summer residential session where students from the various cohort groups mix in a variety of courses held at the Simon Fraser home campus. The courses are those one would normally expect in an education graduate program, but the concluding graduate seminar and the form of the comprehensive examination distinguish this program from others. The graduate seminar promoted the idea that a deeper understanding of adult educator's professional development can be based around self-directed learning, critical reflection, and transformational learning. The comprehensive examination, written over 2 weeks at the end of all coursework, is a structured opportunity for students to choose one aspect of their studies and explores it in greater depth and from a variety of perspectives. The approach taken in this program is congruent with educational practices identified as most effective for adult learners by a study by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (1999). (Contains 49 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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