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ERIC Number: EJ1096396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Escaping Preconceived Notions: One Educator's Teaching Experience in West Africa
Zarestky, Jill
Adult Learning, v27 n2 p84-86 May 2016
In this essay, Jill Zarestky shares what she learned about creating student-centered adult education programs with those who wish to teach adults internationally or in similar contexts. Prior to traveling, Zarestky repeatedly heard from other Westerners (NGO employees and volunteers) how little the women knew and how desperately they needed her expertise, thus implying a sense of helplessness. Based on perceptions of flawed local education systems, Zarestky was cautioned to expect docile students trained simply to memorize. The opposite was observed in the field. Reflecting on this experience, Zarestky was thrilled to see how much the learners already knew, how collaborative they were, and how independent they could be, given the right resources. Caught off guard by their skills and abilities, this experience reaffirmed a belief that educators must ask the learners what they need, not only when it is convenient and not only when learners are like ourselves, but each and every time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa
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