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ERIC Number: EJ866292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
Encountering New Information and Perspectives: Constructing Knowledge in Conference Contexts
Haley, Karen J.; Wiessner, Colleen Aalsburg; Robinson, E. Erin
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v57 n2 p72-82 2009
Conference contexts are settings where participants often encounter new, unfamiliar information and perspectives. Conference organizers can benefit from understanding how adult learners interact with new ideas and concepts. This study is based on research conducted within a conference focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Data analysis resulted in an emerging model for conference learning. Engagement and Intention to Act constitute two overarching categories that represent two major reactions conference participants reported in response to new information or perspectives. Each broad category includes three to four related reactions to conference content. Leap to New Idea serves as a category that bridges the two major categories. The model has potential to aid conference planners in reaching their goals and objectives related to participant learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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