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Larrotta, Clarena; Adversario, Jan – Adult Learning, 2022
This article provides an account of a group of adult Chinese immigrants learning English at a cultural center serving the local Asian community. The focus of this teacher-research descriptive case study is on learner experiences as they relate to "transition" theory and "Confucian learner" principles and as these materialized…
Descriptors: Adults, Immigrants, Chinese Americans, English (Second Language)
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Gardner, Alexander C.; Maietta, Heather N.; Gardner, Philip D.; Perkins, Niki – Adult Learning, 2022
This study sought to fill a gap in the literature by considering the role of motivation in post-secondary aspirations of adult learners, specifically full versus part-time status, previous level of educational attainment, years of work experience, and the selection of an academic program. The data from this study came from adult students ages 25…
Descriptors: College Students, Adult Students, Student Motivation, Credentials
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Hachem, Hany – Adult Learning, 2022
A late modern rationale for the education of older people has not yet been sufficiently explored. In this action research, I explore Giddens's life politics as a framework for a late modern rationale for older adult education. Eleven older learners were recruited voluntarily to an online study group conducted via Zoom at a University for the Third…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Adult Education, Adult Students, Educational Gerontology
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Carpenter, Rob E. – Adult Learning, 2022
This study examined my experience as a doctoral student following the death of my son. The focus of this research is on the interaction of paternal grief and adult learning in the context of higher education. The central emphasis seeks to offer existential bearing to the interplay between the narrative identities of adult learner and paternal…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Doctoral Students, Death, Sons
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Gnanadass, Edith; Privott, Daryl R.; Ramdeholl, Dianne; Merriweather, Lisa R. – Adult Learning, 2022
We live in a society wherein anti-Black racism is pervasive. It infiltrates every aspect of life, including work life spaces. In spite of the recent call for higher education to become antiracist, a tall order for an institution literally and figuratively built on racist attitudes and behaviors, higher education continues to be a cesspool for…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, African American Teachers
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Olszewski, Carol A.; Pontikos, Keli P.; Znamenak, Kyle A.; Selker, Matt L.; Paoletta, Toni M.; Coffman, Karrie A.; Hansman, Catherine A. – Adult Learning, 2022
Developing scholars sometimes struggle to situate their own position in the research and to comprehend how that affects their attitudes and behaviors. They frequently experience imposter syndrome and feelings of inadequacy, which lead to anxiety toward the research and publication processes. This paper presents a method for incorporating…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Ethnography, Scholarship, Doctoral Students
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Pickard, Amy – Adult Learning, 2022
Shorthand is, by definition, coded symbolism used for purposes of speed. It's a system of abbreviation, intended to skim the top of more complex systems of meaning, taking shortcuts but keeping track of the important facts. Shorthand is used all the time in adult basic education (ABE). The very name of the field, adult "basic" education,…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Adult Basic Education, Social Bias, Minority Group Students
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Tisdell, Elizabeth J.; Whalen, Gina C.; Johnson, Mira – Adult Learning, 2022
The purpose of this paper is to explore the super-vision of dissertations, from the perspective of the supervisor and two supervisees who did dissertations that had an evocative autoethnographic component. We argue that autoethnography in context of scholarly writing encourages both an inner looking, and an outward looking that results in a…
Descriptors: Supervision, Doctoral Dissertations, Doctoral Students, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
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Xie, Jianling; Xu, Jianzhong; Wei, Tianlan; Gallo, Katarzyna; Giles, Mary Everett; Zhan, Yan; Zeng, Yan; Huang, Xiang; Liu, Xia – Adult Learning, 2022
This exploratory qualitative case study investigates how graduate students in education experience, attribute, and combat academic boredom. Three areas of concern are addressed: (a) the contributing factors to boredom, (b) how attributional style (internal vs. external) relates to coping with boredom, and (c) the differences between combating…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Education Majors, Psychological Patterns, Learner Engagement
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Delgado, Rosite K. G.; Sun, Qi – Adult Learning, 2022
Immigration is a hotly debated and deeply polarizing topic in American society. The past few decades have seen an influx of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Americas who contend with having a double-minority status. This qualitative study advances an understanding of the lived experiences and acculturation process of immigrant academics of…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Minority Group Teachers, College Faculty, Acculturation
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Wichmand, Mette; Kolbaek, Ditte – Adult Learning, 2022
The aim of this article is to examine collective memory work (CMW) as a method for turning the work-life experiences of adult learners in a part-time master's program into a collective knowledge resource, thereby strengthening the interplay between theory and practice in the students' learning processes. CMW is a well-known qualitative research…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Prior Learning, Work Experience, Graduate Students
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Brion, Corinne – Adult Learning, 2022
Organizations worldwide spend large amounts of money and resources on developing their employees, yet the money invested in professional learning (PL) yields low to moderate results at best. Because culture is a predominant force in people's life, multinational corporations and other institutions should take culture into account at every stage of…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Models, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level
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Samuel, Anita; Durning, Steven J. – Adult Learning, 2022
Billions of dollars are spent annually on leadership training and development courses. Unfortunately, this training, both at organizational and university levels, does not appear to consistently result in significant adult learning or better organizational performance. These programs tend to focus on the theories of leadership within closed…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Experiential Learning, Practicums, Adult Learning
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Stojanovic, Maja – Adult Learning, 2022
Using a personal narrative approach, I examine my experiences with teaching English to adults from a Balkan country. As I focus on understanding my teaching experiences, I frame my analysis through adult education theory to understand my role as an adult educator. The significance of this narrative comes from its focus on practice as I highlight…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Han, Pi-Chi – Adult Learning, 2022
In 2020, more than 560,617 female marriage migrants (FMMs) live in Taiwan. For over three decades, they have been victims of social, gender, and cultural discrimination and have been considered as an inferior group of "desirable others" from "undeveloped countries." Until today, literature about FMMs has focused on the problems…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Marriage, Spouses
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