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Pennings, Mark William; Cushing, Debra Flanders; Gomez, Rafael; Dyson, Clare – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
A distinctive characteristic of study tours is their immersive nature, and the type of learning developed in such circumstances often relies on instinctive skills related to confidence, flexibility, curiosity, resilience and risk taking. To discover more about these learning experiences for adult undergraduate students studying varying disciplines…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Cooperative Learning, Personality Traits, Study Abroad
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Couch, Jen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
This article uses an auto-ethnographic approach to explore the reflections and insights that occurred during my teaching of a subject in adolescent development on the Thai Burma border. This paper adopts a relatively descriptive style to a personal reflection of teaching on the border and how it transformed the way I teach and made me look at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Theory, Curriculum Implementation, Ethnography
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Stone, Cathy; O'Shea, Sarah; May, Josephine; Delahunty, Janine; Partington, Zoë – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Online learning has an important place in widening access and participation in higher education for diverse student cohorts. One cohort taking up online study in increasing numbers is that of mature-age, first-in-family students. First-in-family is defined as those who are the first in their immediate family, including parents, siblings, partners…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Electronic Learning, Open Universities, Adult Students
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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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Hickling-Hudson, Anne; Hepple, Erika – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper describes a public pedagogy project embedded into The Global Teacher, a subject within the Bachelor of Education program for student teachers at an Australian university. The subject provides a global perspective on socio-political issues that shape education. In 2013, The Global Teacher introduced an approach that asked student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Libraries, Exhibits, Preservice Teachers
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Benson, Robyn; Heagney, Margaret; Hewitt, Lesley; Crosling, Glenda; Devos, Anita – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper reports on a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeeded in higher education. The project explored participants' pathways into higher education, how they managed their studies, and their reflections at course completion. In this paper, the concept of perspective transformation is used to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Success, Transformative Learning, Longitudinal Studies
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Gervasoni, Ann; Smith, Jeremy; Howard, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
This paper provides insight into the experience of Clemente humanities education for six regional and rural Australian women living around Ballarat. Each took part in an audio-taped semi-structured interview which explored the impact that university study had on their lives. Their responses suggest that Clemente Ballarat was life-giving. The…
Descriptors: Humanities, Womens Education, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries
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McDougall, Jenny; Davis, Wendy – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
While much has been written about the transformative potential of adult education from the student perspective, little research has been done into the experiences of those who teach in such contexts. This paper draws on the reflections of three academics who work in an enabling program in regional Australia. We embarked on a process of critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Educators, Transformative Learning, Reflective Teaching
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Willans, Julie; Seary, Karen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
The mature-age learner's re-engagement with a formal learning environment may be somewhat akin to the novice Paintball player who, unless well positioned and attuned to the rules of the combative game, is bombarded and worn down by constant "hits". For the mature-age learner, such "hits" may come in the form of tensions…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Maturity (Individuals), Transformative Learning, Adult Students
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Benson, Robyn; Hewitt, Lesley; Heagney, Margaret; Devos, Anita; Crosling, Glenda – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
This paper is based on findings from the first phase of a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. The concept of perspective transformation is used to explore students' stories about factors that influenced them on their journey to university, including socio-economic background,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Transformative Learning, College Students, Story Telling
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Giles, David; Alderson, Sharon – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
Educational discourse has often struggled to genuinely move beyond deficit-based language. Even action research, a predominant model for teacher development, starts with the identification of a problem (Cardno 2003). It would appear that the vocabulary for a hope-filled discourse which captures the imagination and influences our future educational…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Action Research, Transformative Learning, Adult Students