Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall

E-Mentoring Possibilities for Online Doctoral Students: A Literature Review
A growing number of adult learners invest time, energy, and financial resources in completing online doctoral degrees. Several factors, other than the program itself, influence a person's decision to pursue a degree online. Many also choose online...
From Preacher to Adult Educator: Recasting Skills for New Impact
The Sunday after the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, I preached at an old friend's church. Just after Easter, the sermon should have proclaimed the news of our highest holy day; but I was, like many in the congregation, seething. Departing...
Greetings from the Association
The world of adult education continues to grow and develop, mirroring the trends and issues that affect all of us in our daily lives. As adult educators, we must respond to the needs of our learners in all aspects of their lives through innovations...
Introduction from Issue Editor
The 2009 Special Student Edition of the AAACE Adult Learning journal has a succinct focus: we wanted to explore the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that current students in the field of adult education deemed necessary for education practitioners....
Message from the Editor
It gives me great pleasure to once again introduce this special issue of Adult Learning, dedicated to the voices of students of adult education. The variety of papers in these double issues highlights the struggles and triumphs of students as they...
Opportunity
The field of adult education and its supporting organizations (such as AAACE) are being reshaped to deal with the tremendous social and technological changes that have been underway for the past several years. Following are some suggestions about ways...
Overcoming the Odds: Challenges and Successes of Sub-Saharan African Women Seeking Higher Education in the United States
The purpose of this article is to describe the challenges Sub-Saharan African women, including myself, have experienced in their pursuit of graduate studies in the United States and successes strategies that have been adopted. I begin by exploring...
Paradigm Devolution: The Twilight of Traditional Doctoral Education
My mentor throws out the phrase "paradigm devolution" at least once a semester with the examples of Christianity and Marxism, and brave graduate students counter with examples of their own. For this reflection, I propose that doctoral education itself...
Reflections from the First Annual Wild and Wonderful Witty and Wacky Workshop Work Week at the Highlander Education and Research Center
Highlander Education and Research Center's remarkable history is a source of inquiry and fascination for adult educators and community organizers alike. Scholars seeking to dissect Highlander's success have visited the Center to uncover the history,...
Reflections on Graduate Students and the AAACE Organization
One of the most significant aspects of my own experience as an Adult Education doctoral student was taking part in the annual AAACE conference. Participating in the conference offered me an opportunity to get to know students from around the country...
Revisiting Adult Learning Theory through the Lens of an Adult Learner
In reading the last section of hour primary text, Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide by Merriam, Caffarella, and Baumgartner (2007) in my Adult Learning and Development class, I continued to feel as though I was being self-assured of my previous...
Superwoman Gets a Reality Check
My friends called me Superwoman. I began work on my Master's degree when pregnant with my fourth child, and got an internship on top of my full-time job when the baby was less than a year old. People looked at my clean house and four smiling children...
The Meaning Depends: Learning about Me and My Learning
This reflective paper discusses aspects of my personal development as an adult learner. Though that development is reflected in my practice as an adult educator, I do not explore those implications in the paper. Instead, I grapple with what is means...
Tri-Fold Transformation: An International Adult Student's Reflections on Online Learning
Being an international English as a Second Language (ESL) graduate student from China studying in the U.S., I have undergone various types of transformation. Taking my first online course is one poignant example in which multiple layers of transformation...
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