Author(s)Mason, Russell D.
adult education research
barriers for adult learners
strategies for success for adult learners
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AbstractThis thesis investigates the range of experiences and circumstances that shape educational outcomes for adult learners. The study uses descriptive meta-synthesis to examine the complex interaction of psychological, socio-demographic and environmental influences that shape the attitudes and experiences of adult learners as they re-engage and persist through their tertiary education. The importance of conducting the synthesis lies in the possible benefits of applying the findings of the study to better support adult learners as they persist and succeed in their educational pursuits.
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Diretrizes curriculares do municÃpio de Fortaleza e os desafios de tecer coletivamente uma prÃtica freireana na EducaÃÃo de Jovens e AdultosEliane Dayse Pontes Furtado; Clarice Gomes Costa (Universidade Federal do CearÃPrograma de PÃs-GraduaÃÃo em EducaÃÃoUFCBR, 2018-11-00)nÃo hÃ
How Ohio Adult Literacy Instructors View Themselves as Adult Learners Within Professional Development: Learning Style and Motivation Assessment in the Negotiation for Activity SelectionKennedy, Rosary-Joyce Melonie (EngagedScholarship@CSU, 2014-01-01)The purpose of this study was to examine the role of the Adult Basic Literacy Education/Adult Basic Education and Literacy educators as adult learners and participants in professional development and continuing professional education, their motivation for participation, and the types of activities in which they engaged. The sample consisted of eighty adult literacy instructors who taught in various educational and institutional settings. This mixed method research design included questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to collect data. This study revealed that Adult Basic Literacy Education/Adult Basic Education and Literacy teachers were aware of their various learning styles, acknowledged the benefit of using learning styles to inform professional development program construction, and were primarily motivated to help their students without the additional incentive of receiving a stipend or being coerced to attend professional development. Instructors in this study believed there were improvements that could be made to the professional development and continuing professional education system for ABLE/ABEL teachers to better serve and help their students. Instructors also advised that time spent in the classroom was a significant form of currency that needed consideration before deciding which activities would be chosen for engagement
The Role of the Adult Educator in Eliminating Internal Psychological Barriers in Adult LearningMaria Pastogianni; Marios Koutsoukos (2018-12-19)The aim of this research is to examine, on the one hand, the internal learning barriers for adults that are derived from their emotions about their educational programme, and on the other, the role of the adult educator in eliminating these obstacles. Emotions are integrally linked to the learning process and influence the successful outcome of educational goals. As a result of the steadily increasing number of lifelong learning educational programmes, research into the emotions of adult learners is valuable as they differ significantly to those of younger students. At the same time, the role of the adult educator cannot be merely to transmit knowledge, but must also promote and motivate learning. The sample consisted of 102 adults attending either postgraduate programmes or training sessions during the time of the study. The quantitative data collection comprised 92 questionnaires, while the qualitative consisted of 10 semi-structured individual interviews. In this study mixed method design was used, where quantitative and qualitative methods were implemented for triangulation of the results. The research findings indicate that although adult learners do experience feelings of anxiety, insecurity, worry and frustration during their studies, most times, these negative emotions are not so intense as to impede study completion because motivation is a much stronger factor. Regarding adult learners’ perception of the role of the adult educator, the findings show discrepancy between what they expect from the instructor and what the instructor is actually doing. The adult learners wanted the instructor to create a positive communication climate and learning environment, adapt the level of teaching to their experiences and abilities, encourage them, employ active participatory learning techniques, as well as have emotional intelligence and express empathy.