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Kuk, Hye-Su; Holst, John D. – Adult Learning, 2018
The concept of reflection is central to theories of experiential learning common in the field of adult education. In this article, we expand upon the work of Michelson on the dualistic split between experience and knowing inherent in the field's most common conceptualizations of reflection. We develop alternative approaches to reflection drawing…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Theories, Reflection, Feminism
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Karmelita, Courtney – Adult Learning, 2017
Adult learners require supports and services to help them successfully transition into taking on the demands and expectations of college students. Transition programs have grown in popularity as a means to aid adult learners as they transition to higher education. Unfortunately, previous research on adult learner participation in transition…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Program Design, Adult Learning, Higher Education
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Larrotta, Clarena; Moon, Ji Yoon Christine; Huang, Jiuhan – Adult Learning, 2016
The purpose of the study was to understand instructors' viewpoints on the relevance of learning to learn (L2L) in the settings where they teach. Twenty-four instructors answered an online qualitative survey about their experiences teaching English to adults. Data analysis was informed by narrative analysis procedures. Study findings include…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Online Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Foote, Laura S. – Adult Learning, 2015
Transformational learning, narrative learning, and spiritual learning frame adult experiences in new and exciting ways. These types of learning can involve a simple transformation of belief or opinion or a radical transformation involving one's total perspective; learning may occur abruptly or incrementally. Education should liberate students from…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Learning Experience, Adult Learning, Reflection
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Sykes, Brent E. – Adult Learning, 2014
The cultural experiences of minority learners are often omitted from the formal curriculum leading to exclusion and a sense of cultural loss. In this study, the researcher's lived experience serves as the basis to develop a novel research strategy: transformative autoethnography. The researcher uses the method of autoethnography to more…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Cultural Background, Self Concept, Transformative Learning
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Gatua, Mary Wairimu – Adult Learning, 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore the educational and sociocultural experiences of Kenyan women pursing higher education in the United States and how they negotiated their multiple identities. Using a sociocultural theoretical framework and narrative inquiry methodology, seven Kenyan immigrant women pursuing or who recently pursued advanced…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Immigrants, Postsecondary Education, Adult Students
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Mullet, Judy H.; Akerson, Nels M. K.; Turman, Allison – Adult Learning, 2013
Stories matter, and the stories we tell ourselves matter most. Truth has many layers and narrative helps us makes senses of our multilayered reality. We live a personal narrative that is grounded in our past experience, but embodied in our present. As such, it filters what we see and how we interpret events. Attachment theorists tell us our early…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Teaching Methods, Personal Narratives
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Gatua, Mary Wairimu – Adult Learning, 2009
This article describes the challenges Sub-Saharan African women, including the author, have experienced in their pursuit of graduate studies in the United States and successful strategies that have been adopted. The author begins with a brief overview of the education of girls and women in Sub-Saharan African countries. She then explores the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Culture, Access to Education, Gender Differences
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Menendez, Jose Maria; Civil, Marta – Adult Learning, 2008
In this article, the authors share their experiences facilitating a series of mathematics for parents' workshops (MFP) throughout two and a half years and address the structure, history and development of these workshops. They then analyze how this experiment fits the concept of nonformal adult education and explain how the model of adult…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Workshops, Mathematics Instruction, Nonformal Education
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Pfahl, Nancy Lloyd; Wiessner, Colleen Aalsburg – Adult Learning, 2007
Narrating stories of life experience has helped educators motivate adult learners with diverse goals. Working with culturally diverse learners in their community contexts, including adults who have been unable to advance their development and learning, educators have observed them become more able to learn and succeed in their varied pursuits as…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students
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Hogg, Shannon – Adult Learning, 2006
The author's initial entry into the field of adult education has been via an indirect route from the industrial environments where she has worked for the last 20 years in various engineering positions. She came to recognize many years ago that a large part of her job involved the education of adult employees. As a research and development…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Adult Education, Industrial Training, Personal Narratives
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Hernandez-Santamaria, Neida – Adult Learning, 2006
How does one count the most organic and authentic moments where an adult educator helped facilitate a learner's epiphany? One minute all the letters on the blackboard seemed jumbled and the words were unidentifiable, and then suddenly, with a blink of an eye, all of the letters now make words that have meaning and enter the mind to make deeper…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Adult Educators, Learning Experience, Personal Narratives
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Frye, Steven – Adult Learning, 2006
The author attended his first AAACE meeting in Louisville in 2004 as part of a contingent of students from the University of Tennessee. He had no idea at the time how important this organization would become to him and how much it would help him through a time of transition. At that time, he was a first-year Ph.D. student and was new to the…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Reflection, Personal Narratives, Vocational Interests
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Sun, Qi – Adult Learning, 2005
In this article, the author describes her journey to international adult education and shares some lessons learned from her journey. The author developed her interest in international adult education through the Scientific Research Institute of International and Comparative Education (SRIICE) at Beijing Normal University and discovered its…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, International Education
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Bersch, Gretchen T. – Adult Learning, 2005
In this article, the author describes how her grandmother and parents inspired in her a lifelong interest in international work throughout many parts of the world. As a consequence, the author built a figurative bridge from Alaska over the Bering Strait to Magadan, Russia (in far Eastern Siberia). She poignantly describes the work she has done…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Education, Personal Narratives, Technical Assistance
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