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ERIC Number: ED549328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-8085-2
A View from Within: Instructors' Perspectives of Their Roles with Adult Learners in Need of Remediation
Baxter, Lance J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of North Florida
This qualitative research study focused on the perceptions of 12 faculty members teaching courses in adult basic education and described their professional experiences and interactions with adult learners within the context of a two-year, public, postsecondary institution. Participants, ranging in teaching experience from 13 years to 43 years, volunteered to take part in one-to-one, semi-structured interview sessions to offer insight into their professional experiences. The interview sessions yielded the complex, context-specific data for detailed analysis. Data analysis, supported through educational criticism and relevant concepts from the professional literature (Eisner, 1998), was used to develop four themes: how the faculty viewed themselves professionally, how faculty viewed their students, instructional strategies used to promote student learning, and perceived challenges to student learning. Faculty perceived themselves as caring, humanistic managers; moreover, faculty viewed their students, while limited in certain fundamental academic skills, as being capable learners equipped with ancillary skills that could be used to complement their classroom learning. Furthermore, faculty reported that they used active, student-centered instructional approaches relevant to students' experiences to promote learner persistence in the face of challenging circumstances. This study included recommendations for leaders in higher education to provide high-quality professional development opportunities for faculty and adequate counseling, mentoring, and tutoring services for the students the faculty serve. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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