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ERIC Number: EJ839002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
Adult Learning and Change: An Autobiographical Portrait of a Chinese Woman in Canada
Liu, Chun Ge
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v33 n1 p107-125 Spr 2007
The themes of adult learning, cross-cultural learning, and transformative learning are common to many continuing educators working at universities across Canada. In this essay, I narrate my experiences as a mature, adult learner returning to university. Following a literature review and discussion of methodology, I begin this autobiographical portrait with a description of my initial education and life experiences in China. From this foundation, I describe and interpret my cross-cultural sojourn as a graduate student in Canada. This sojourn was both happy and sad, both empowering and disempowering. My story is one of learning--learning as an adult, learning in a cross-cultural setting, and learning that ultimately had a transformative impact on how I view myself and my world. Through exploring my own experiences with learning and change, I hope to offer readers of the "Canadian Journal of Continuing Education" a unique opportunity for insight into personal processes that are difficult to truly understand at a theoretical level alone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China