ERIC Number: EJ1018838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Collaborative, Comparative Inquiry and Transformative Cross-Cultural Adult Learning and Teaching: A Western Educator Metanarrative and Inspiring a Global Vision
Coryell, Joellen E.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v63 n4 p299-320 Nov 2013
Intentionally designing international perspectives into adult educator preparation programs is a step toward developing instructors' social and instructional cache of understandings about learning, knowledge, and facilitative methodologies that transcend their own Western cultural influences. In a class offered through an MA in adult learning and teaching program at a large Southwestern university, students examined their personal perceptions about adult education and investigated adult learning and knowing in international settings. Through symbolic convergence and narrative analyses, the research found that the use of a collaborative, comparative inquiry framework indicated an initial Western educational metanarrative. Throughout the course, the framework also provided a cognitive and emotional scaffold to underpin the social nature of transformative learning and to inspire a global educational vision.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Education, Transformative Learning, Multicultural Education, Adult Educators, Teacher Education, Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Reflection, Comparative Education, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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