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ERIC Number: EJ833133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-037X
Identifying Supporters and Distracters in the Segmented World of the Adult Learner
Scanlon, Lesley
Studies in Continuing Education, v31 n1 p29-43 Mar 2009
This paper examines the results of research into the learning experiences of a group of adult learners in a university preparation programme in a college of Technical and Further Education in Sydney, NSW, Australia. The research was conducted over a three year period by the author as a teacher-researcher and is grounded in the phenomenological work of Schutz, and Berger and Luckmann. Students identified the diverse segments of their complex life-worlds and the salient situated interactions within these segments which support or distract them from learning. What emerges is a representation of the life-world of the adult learner which enables adult educators and students to better understand the complex world of learning in adulthood. An understanding of this world has become increasingly significant as recent economic and social changes have ensured that more adults return to formal education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia