ERIC Number: EJ1055653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Adult Learning in a Distance Education Context: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
Gravani, Maria N.
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v34 n2 p172-193 2015
The study aspires, by giving voice to the experiences and perceptions of adult learners and their educators, as they embark on distance learning courses delivered by the Open University of Cyprus and the Hellenic Open University to unveil the adult learning and "fine-grained" processes at work during the organization and delivery of the courses, with the ultimate aim to underline the factors influencing these processes. The project complements previous research and attempts to extract from the findings ideas and practices that could contribute to the re-organization of distance courses that facilitate adult learning. It has as its main units of analysis 16 adult learners and 8 educators, and rests on a research framework that views certain programme elements as being vital in unveiling the processes of adult learning. It harnesses a phenomenological approach and qualitative research techniques. The study contributes to a better theoretical understanding of the processes of adult learning and the mediating role of the distance learning context, in comparison to other previously explored contexts.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Education, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Open Universities, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research, Educational Background, Prior Learning, Tutors, Context Effect, Influences, Educational Planning, Classroom Environment, Student Evaluation, Emotional Response, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus; Greece
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