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ERIC Number: ED511184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Facilitating Adult Learning and a Researcher Identity through a Higher Education Pedagogical Process
Wright, Lisa L.; Lange, Elizabeth; Da Costa, Jose
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n11 p1-16 Nov 2009
This empirical study uses auto-ethnography to describe a higher education pedagogical process that facilitated largely doctoral students in preparing their candidacy proposals through the use of specific adult learning principles. Students' experiences and points of view of such a learning environment were explored, including: (1) how they contributed to their peers' learning; (2) how their peers contributed to their own individual learning; and (3) how the learning environment impacted the process. Key factors identified as pivotal to learning to learn, include creating a learning sanctuary and trusting relationships, engaging in mutual inquiry and the co-construction of meaning, and bridging research theory and practice. These factors enabled students to expand their identities to include a researcher identity and to negotiate deep knowledge at the personal level. Throughout this article, the students' points of view are used to elucidate shared and diverse experiences, in addition to supporting conclusions and recommendations for practice and further study. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Edmonton)