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ERIC Number: EJ1087285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
The Shadow: Mining Its Dark Treasury for Teaching and Adult Development
Karpiak, Irene E.
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v29 n2 p13-27 Fall 2003
This paper explores the psychological shadow--the disowned self--as one of the hidden, unconscious elements in adult and continuing education, often underlying those inexplicable emotional reactions that transpire in instructor/learner interactions. Drawing on the literature related to the psychological shadow, teaching/learning, and adult development, as well as on personal experience as an educator, the author examines the manifestation of the shadow in the classroom. Unacknowledged, the shadow can disturb the learning environment and severely inhibit learning. But when the shadow is brought to light it can actually serve to enrich student learning and promote the teacher's personal and professional development. This paper suggests ways in which educators and students alike can begin the process of reclaiming and integrating their shadow.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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