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Lisse Van Nieuwenhove; Bram De Wever – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2024
Low-educated adults participate less in adult education than higher-educated adults. In this study, we analyze psychosocial barriers to learning while acknowledging that barriers for low-educated adults may be different from those of medium- and high-educated adults. An extended version of the Theory of Planned Behavior is used to study training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Adults, Barriers
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Peter J. Woods – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2024
Despite communities of practice (COPs) literature asserting the importance of attending to power dynamics within these learning contexts, research has largely ignored the process of racialization within COPs and, in particular, the role anti-racist pedagogies play within these spaces. In response, I present findings from an instrumental case study…
Descriptors: Music, Communities of Practice, Racism, Adult Education
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Irene Cennamo; Monika Kastner; Lyn Tett – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2024
This article presents the findings of a comparative study of values-based adult learning and education (ALE) fields; specifically, in Austria, critical-emancipatory adult basic education; Scotland, learner-centered, community-based adult learning; and South Tyrol, Italy, the "Winterschule," a radical-critical popular education format. We…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Values, Neoliberalism
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Suzanne L. Shatila – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2024
Increasingly, nontraditional students (over age 25, employed, parenting) are enrolling in universities offering online options. Online programs appeal to those needing flexible educational options, yet attrition remains high for adult learners and students enrolled in online education. Building on previous research, this study examines…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Electronic Learning, Nontraditional Students, Geographic Location
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Korshunov, Ilya; Lubnikov, Sergei; Miroshnikov, Maxim; Tyunin, Arkadii – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Using the PIAAC data, we show how exposure to various dimensions of nonformal and informal learning relates to the problem-solving capacity in a technology-rich environment for working adults. The sample included permanent staff from various economic sectors, self-employed individuals, and casual employees doing fixed-term contracts (n = 1248)…
Descriptors: Employees, Self Employment, Nonformal Education, Informal Education
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Marcaletti, Francesco; Íñiguez-Berrozpe, Tatiana; Elboj-Saso, Carmen; Garavaglia, Emma – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Adult training is a fundamental strategy for the improvement of workers' skills and employability. However, as workers age and remain in the same company, the risk of losing motivation for learning may grow. In a sample of 1,452 workers from 17 Spanish companies, we analyzed to what extent the training factor increases their quality of employment…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Development, Status, Aging (Individuals)
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Barefield, Trisha; Nicolaides, Aliki – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
This paper uses Vygotsky's cultural-historical development theory to examine the theoretical lineages that influenced Marsick and Watkins' (1990) model of informal and incidental learning. After discussing the context of each influence, the paper applies cultural-historical development theory to the many updates that Marsick, Watkins, and…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Incidental Learning, Models, Educational Theories
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Jubas, Kaela – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
In this article, I explore the pedagogical function of #MeToo, highlighting what it might teach about gender-based mistreatment and mainstreamed feminism. I begin by reviewing linkages between adult education and social movements, then trace the development of #MeToo, drawing on both media and scholarly texts. Next, I apply the concepts of…
Descriptors: Feminism, Gender Discrimination, Instruction, Activism
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Cherewka, Alexis; Prins, Esther – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Adult basic education (ABE) scholars, practitioners, and policymakers have long debated the purpose and outcomes of federal ABE policy. Although the current policy, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), became law in 2014, there is no comprehensive analysis of the diverging perspectives on WIOA implementation. This integrative…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Education, Labor Force Development
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Miller-Roenigk, Brittany; Awad, Michael; Crouch, Maria C.; Gordon, Derrick M. – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Adult basic education (ABE) programs in the United States serve millions of students annually to help them achieve high school equivalency, English proficiency, and other skills. These skills are necessary for upward mobility and competitiveness in the labor market, which is important for ABE students who are disproportionately affected by…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Trauma, Substance Abuse
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Thomsen, Stephan L.; Weilage, Insa – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Language skills are central to refugee integration and the availability of language courses could thus be a limiting factor. We explore how the most important provider of language courses in Germany, adult education centers (VHS), adapted their course supply to the refugee wave of 2015/2016. Our results highlight two channels through which the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Refugees, Social Integration
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Sarja, Anneli; Arvaja, Maarit – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
This conceptual article deals with components and concepts of transformative learning, emphasizing the organization-level perspective on critical reflection. The discussion leans on the concept of transformative authorship and it is argued that it enables authoring processes through which professionals can recognize and recreate their routinized…
Descriptors: Authors, Dialogs (Language), Transformative Learning, Case Studies
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Hoggan-Kloubert, Tetyana; Hoggan, Chad – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
Contemporary society is experiencing an epistemic crisis, evidenced by such "post-truth" phenomena as "alternative facts." Traditional notions related to knowledge and Truth have been under continual, partly justifiable, attack under the eclectic banner of postmodernism, and alternative epistemic foundations (essential for…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Abstract Reasoning, Personal Autonomy, Cultural Pluralism
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Zhang, Yong; Perkins, Douglas D. – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
We define community education as organized lifelong learning through voluntary participation in collective efforts to critically address both individual and community needs. Community education has roots in European folk schools, United States participatory democracy, and Latin American "popular education." Community education developed…
Descriptors: Community Education, Empowerment, Lifelong Learning, Educational Development
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Soria, Krista M. – Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 2023
The purpose of this study was to examine the variables associated with adult undergraduates' food and housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were derived from the 2020 #RealCollege Survey, which was completed by 25,838 adult undergraduates ([greater than or equal to]25 years old) at 72 4-year and 127 2-year institutions in 42 U.S.…
Descriptors: Hunger, Food, Housing, Undergraduate Students
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