Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1-4, Fall

Adult Education in the Workplace: An Engineer's Journey to Foster Self-Direction in Others
My initial entry into the field of adult education has been via an indirect route from the industrial environments where I've worked for the last 20 years in various engineering positions. I came to recognize many years ago that a large part of my...
Adult Graduate Students in Higher Education: Refocusing the Research Agenda
Adult students in higher education comprise a sizeable and expanding group of college and university students (Kasworm, Sandmann, & Sissel, 2000). While Sissel, Hansman, and Kasworm (2001) note the dearth of scholarship on adult learners in higher...
An Educator's Dilemma
Every day I enter a world of hierarchy that I cannot fully comprehend--a world in which I am expected to teach, transform, and rehabilitate incarcerated women into "productive" citizens. It is a world where political forces blow powerfully on anyone...
Confronting Myself: Looking through the Lens of Critical Race Theory
"Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, and inflame them to think straight, if possible."--Robert M. Hutchens I signed up for Dr. Lisa Merriweather...
Crossing the Line: Transitioning from Auditor to Researcher
What does a very active and successful auditor/accountant do when she is about to retire with adequate means but inadequate interest in traveling or golfing? She might decide to expand her adjunct work as instructor at the local university as suggested...
Five Perspectives on Reflective Journaling
Prologue: An Implementation of Learning Journals It has long been posited in the field of adult education and elsewhere that reflection is an integral part of one's teaching practice and as well as a beneficial learning tool for students (Andrusyszyn...
How Are Epiphanies Sparked by Adult Educators Translated?
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...
How to Do Biography: A Primer
How to Do Biography: A Primer, by Nigel Hamilton. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-674-02796-1. Hardcover, 379 pages. According to Nigel Hamilton, "We live--at least in the Western world--in a golden age for biography" (p....
Journey to the Center of the Graduate Experience
Introduction: Learning the Rules of the Road For those aiming to enter the professoriate, graduate school is the initiation into the culture of academia (Austin, 2002). The doctoral program experience can be described as a socialization process...
Jump Start the Adult Learner: How to Engage and Motivate Adults Using Brain-Compatible Strategies
Jump Start the Adult Learner: How to Engage and Motivate Adults Using Brain-Compatible Strategies, by Laurie Materna. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4129-5293-4. Hardcover, 212 pages. According to Materna, traditional educational...
Participation Training
Historically, adult education has focused on civic and social responsibility, participatory democracy, liberatory social action, and equity (Bergevin, 1967; Cunningham, 1993; Giroux, 1992; Merriam & Brockett, 1997). Colin and Heaney (2001) claim...
Prologue from Issue Editors
After our early morning presentation at the Milwaukee American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) conference in 2006, several graduate students and I went out for breakfast. Over good old-fashioned "greasy spoon" fare, we decided...
Reflections from the Chair of Students of Adult Education Special Interest Group
I attended my first AAACE meeting in Louisville in 2004 as part of a contingent of students from the University of Tennessee. I had no idea at the time how important this organization would become to me and how much it would help me through a time...
Spirituality with Poetic Assistance
One year ago, if someone had asked me how I felt about poetry, I would have responded in some negative way. Unquestionably, I love images created with words. But my relationship with poetry was torpedoed by a careless teacher and by my own burgeoning...
Thoughts from the Greenhouse
Walking across my university's campus at the start of this fall semester, I noticed the different types of buildings. There are buildings of different sizes, made of different materials, of various ages, and built with different budgets. It is easy...
Word from the President of the AAACE
I am very pleased to introduce this edition of Adult Learning. It is the first of what I hope will become a yearly issue, featuring the work of graduate students in adult education. We are particularly pleased to be focusing on the Annual AAACE conference....
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