Currere, Unexpected Journeys, and Unplanned Destinations in Academia
Author(s)Adams, Susan R.
Keywordstransformatve adult learning theory
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Teacher Education and Professional Development
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AbstractA sudden change of teaching placements forced my return to graduate school at the age of 40. Transformative graduate school learning resulted in the completion of a Ph.D. and earning a tenure track position in teacher education. This essay uses Pinar’s four steps of currere provide a lens to examine the past, look toward the future, take opportunity to look backward to the past while examining the present, and then re-enter the present. Mezirow’s transformative adult learning theory lends guidance for understanding why older adults may be uniquely poised to navigate successfully the complex maze of academia.