ERIC Number: EJ824798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 42
The Meaning and Role of Emotions in Adult Learning
Dirkx, John M.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n120 p7-18 Win 2008
This article describes different ways of understanding emotions and their role in adult learning. The author suggests that people's understanding of emotions is shifting from one where they are viewed as an obstacle to reason and knowing to more holistic and integral ways of knowing one's self and the world. In this article, he provides a theoretical foundation for the exploration of affect-laden experiences in adult learning. The author points out that the study of emotions is a wide and historically situated enterprise. In this article, he acknowledges major themes that resonate in current conversations and practices. Following a description of the various ways affect and emotion can be expressed in the adult learning enterprise, the author discusses three interrelated issues: (1) the nature and meaning of emotion; (2) the changing understanding of the role of emotion in human experience; and (3) the integration of emotion in adult learning.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Psychological Patterns, Role Perception, Emotional Development, Emotional Experience, Hermeneutics, Learning Experience, Inquiry, Affective Behavior, Behavioral Sciences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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