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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
Adult education has the power to change lives, and in Australia has always been made up of educators and providers capable of adapting to the changing environments around them. Today, however, there is declining support for adult education at a time when there is growing public disenchantment with the political system, an uncivil public discourse,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Political Attitudes
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Thompson, Sally – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
This article is a case study of an attempt by a team of Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, researchers and users of social services to develop a more effective, knowledge rich, vocational stream qualification in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. Health Care and Social Assistance is one of the fastest growing industries…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Work, Caseworkers, Vocational Education
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McCall, Deanna; Western, Deborah; Petrakis, Melissa – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
In recent years, the Australian federal government has sought to increase the diversity of students attending higher education through supporting students that have traditionally been under represented. This is due to a perception that the attainment of a higher education can enhance a graduate's life as they have greater access to professional…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Enrollment Trends
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Jolley, Daniel J.; Davis, Melissa; Lavender, Andrew P. – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
The use of non-academic sources of health information is popular among both the public and exercise professionals. However, the quality of this information varies and without the application of critical thinking skills, may lead to misconceptions forming. This research aimed to compare the knowledge, presence of misconceptions, and critical…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Information Seeking, Critical Thinking, Vocational Education
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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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Underhill, Helen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
This article explores the implications of learning in social movements on diaspora activists' engagement with struggle. Focussing on emotions within social movement learning and the connection to activists' multiple identities, the paper examines the complex terrain of learning as embodied and rooted in emotionally situated beliefs and values. The…
Descriptors: Social Change, Emotional Response, Immigrants, Activism
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Amundsen, Diana – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
This article reveals the complexities of Indigenous students navigating the neoliberal model of education through an examination of Maori transitions into higher education contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand. In a recently completed doctoral study, the lived transition experiences of Indigenous Maori higher education students were critically…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Neoliberalism
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Earl, Cassie – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
The global Occupy! actions gave some pause for thought. At first, some thought that this was a global movement that could change the way politics was conducted and maybe see the end of capitalism as we knew it. The hopes for Occupy! were high, but the highest hopes for the movement were short lived. This paper examines Occupy!'s legacy; what…
Descriptors: Activism, Dissent, Collectivism, Popular Education
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Biney, Isaac Kofi – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
This paper explores the power of media in promoting lifelong learning in mobilising the citizenry against 'galamsey' activities in Ghana. 'Galamsey' connotes 'an illegal process of gathering mineral resources, especially gold, and selling them'. It is an activity engaged in by young adults resulting in destroying water bodies and posing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Social Problems, Conservation (Environment)
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Melero, Héctor S.; Gil-Jaurena, Inés – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
Learning in social movements has been studied using different approaches, such as critical pedagogy, public pedagogy and adult education (Ollis, & Hamel-Green, 2015). While in the field of formal education, the focus is usually on 'education for citizenship' or 'citizenship education' (Schugurensky, 2006, 2010; Schulz, Ainley, Fraillon,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Change, Activism, Change Strategies
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Townsend, Rob; Hood, Michelle – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
Studies about equine therapies or equine experiential learning recommend that significantly more research, specifically longitudinal research, across age groups, genders, contexts and client cohorts needs to occur in diverse contexts. There exists diverse equine-related programs which engage with a range of cohorts, specifically; young children…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Behavior Change, Experiential Learning
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de Morais, Marianna Müller; Rapsová, Lucia – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
According to international documents, older people have the right to fully develop their skills and and knowledge, and to have a sense of dignity. Seniors with disabilities also have the same rights. For this reason, it is necessary to provide personal development and education that enables a good quality of life, in spite of their disability.…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Psychological Needs, Older Adults, Disabilities
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Mullen, Clayton; Mariam, Yohannes – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
Power engineering certification in Canada comprises a hierarchical, graduated system available to both young and adult learners. This paper offers insight into the knowledge gap regarding factors influencing Canadian power engineers' decision to pursue advanced certification in the Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, with implications for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Barriers, Engineering Education
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Gat, Sarah; Pade, Margalit; Bar, Michal Avrech – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of implementing a creative art activity in a problem-based learning (PBL) course on occupational therapy (OT) students and their tutors. A qualitative-ethnographic study was conducted during 2016-2017. In one meeting of a PBL course, 126 first year OT undergraduate students were asked to create a…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Creative Activities, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods
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Stone, Cathy; Springer, Matthew – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2019
An increasing number of students entering Australian higher education are choosing to study in an online mode. Attrition rates for online students are considerably higher than for students studying primarily on-campus, with evidence suggesting that the isolation of online study combined with the challenges of technology, academic expectations and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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