ERIC Number: EJ1055532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Adults' Perceptions of Knowledge Construction as Participants in Nonformal World Affairs Programs: An Interpretive Study
Yelich Biniecki, Susan M.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n2 p116-132 May 2015
The purpose of this interpretive research study was to explore how adult learners perceive they construct knowledge in connection to their participation in nonformal world affairs programs. The study context involved the exploration of 12 adult learners' perceptions of their knowledge construction as participants in world affairs programs held in an urban setting in the United States including the changing global order, the Katyn massacre, and Russia. The three main themes drawn from the study include the dynamic learning process, influencers of knowledge construction, and individual experiences as connectors in the learning process. These themes broaden an understanding of the continuum of adult learners' perceived knowledge construction within nonformal education and free-choice learning frameworks, areas that can inform world affairs adult education and program planning.
Descriptors: World Affairs, Informal Education, Urban Areas, Adult Students, Adult Education, Learning Experience, Learning Processes, Qualitative Research, Participant Characteristics, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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