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Christie, Michael; Carey, Michael; Robertson, Ann; Grainger, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper elaborates on a number of key criticisms of Mezirow's transformative learning theory as well as providing arguments that validate it. Our paper exemplifies how Mezirow's theory can help adult educators and prospective school teachers understand that social structures and belief systems can influence student learning, that learners make…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Females, Doctoral Degrees
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McDougall, Jenny – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
The objective of achieving a sense of "authenticity" in an educational context is one that might have immediate appeal, though how this is defined, let alone achieved, remains contested. The concept of "authentic discussion" has traditionally been used in the context of classroom English teaching in schools, but this paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Adult Learning
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Hall, Lisa – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
Tertiary enabling programs have become an increasingly important part of the post-secondary schooling landscape. In recognition of the need for increased access for certain under-represented groups within the university population, enabling, bridging or foundational programs are offered by a large number of universities in Australia as alternative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
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Cameron, Roslyn; Miller, Allison – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
The use of ePortfolios for recognition of prior learning (e-RPL) and for professional recognition (e-PR) is slowly gaining in popularity in the VET sector however their use is sporadic across educational sectors, disciplines, educational institutions and professions. Added to this is an array of purposes and types of e-RPL and e-PR models and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Prior Learning, Professional Recognition, Electronic Publishing
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Murray, Sara; Mitchell, Jane – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
The vocational education and training sector plays a critical role in the provision of educational opportunities for young adults who have left school prior to completing a qualification. Some research has found that a major factor that supports student re-engagement in formal education is the "adult learning environment" that…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Adult Learning
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Beddie, Francesca – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
In 2010, fifty years after the establishment of the association now called Adult Learning Australia (ALA), the association still faces the dilemma about how to sell its message that adult learning matters. The dilemma is one of philosophy: in the nineteenth century, it was liberalism versus utilitarianism; in the mid-twentieth, the instrumental…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries
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Harris, Roger – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
The development in today's society of knowledge workers for tomorrow is of critical importance. Worldwide, there is considerable interest in the respective roles of higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET) in building human capability. This paper is designed to provoke such questions as: what kinds of learning places and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education
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Stehlik, Tom; Christie, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2007
The article presents a comparative analysis of educational policy and provision in Sweden and Australia, with particular emphasis on the relative investment in continuing and further education in both countries. The authors investigate the extent to which further education opportunities provide a "second chance" at learning for adults…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Educational Opportunities
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Townsend, Rob – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2006
This article reviews current literature and discussion about the policies and sites of Australian adult education and training and their potential impact on the development of social capital in a regional context. The review stems from a current research project examining the impact of participation in adult education by people from diverse…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Public Education, Student Diversity
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Debenham, Jennifer; May, Jo – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2005
This paper concerns the experiences and effects of a tertiary entrance program from two perspectives: that of a former student now engaged in her Honours program and of her enabling lecturer. The main aim of the paper is to present a literature review of published studies about mature women's engagement with tertiary study at the entry level. The…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Biographies, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education