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A Voice Of Silence: Reentry Adult Black Male Students In Higher Education, Dionne Rosser-Mims, Glenn A. Palmer, Pamela Harroff 2011 Troy University

A Voice Of Silence: Reentry Adult Black Male Students In Higher Education, Dionne Rosser-Mims, Glenn A. Palmer, Pamela Harroff

Adult Education Research Conference

While much has been written about the experiences of Black males, there is a dearth of empirical data that explores their educational experiences as adult reentry students into higher education. The goal of this qualitative study is to identify strategies to help support African American males successfully matriculate through college and graduate.


Corporate Universities And Adult Education: Implications For Theory And Practice, Jeong Rok Oh, Cho Hyun Park 2011 University of Minnesota

Corporate Universities And Adult Education: Implications For Theory And Practice, Jeong Rok Oh, Cho Hyun Park

Adult Education Research Conference

The purpose of this paper is to explore characteristics of corporate universities (CUs) from the adult education (AdEd) perspective in order to identify implications for AdEd theory and practice. Through an integrative literature review of CUs, the differences among CUs, human resource development centers, and traditional universities are investigated. Considering the AdEd characteristics of CUs, such as individuals’ learning and qualifications/certifications of higher education, the partnership/collaboration model of CU is suggested in terms of workplace learning, which is the overlapping field of HRD and AdEd. Ultimately, to promote participatory AdEd in the workplace, nations should play crucial roles ...


Perceptions Of Beauty And Identity: The Skin Bleaching Phenomenon In Jamaica, Petra A. Robinson 2011 Texas A&M University

Perceptions Of Beauty And Identity: The Skin Bleaching Phenomenon In Jamaica, Petra A. Robinson

Adult Education Research Conference

Founded on the significance of the skin bleaching phenomenon in Jamaica, and the persistent influences of colonialism, the purpose of this paper is twofold: (a) to explore the skin bleaching phenomenon and (b) to provide a snapshot of how colonialism (despite national independence) influences perceptions of beauty and identity in Jamaica, particularly through informal learning. Based on an empirical study, the research sought to explore and understand the perceptions and motivations behind the practice of skin bleaching, given the historical and social context, and how it influenced the participants’ perceptions of beauty and identity


Psychosocial Issues And Sources Of Support Affecting Retention For Adult Learners: Generational Variations, Debbie Ritter-Williams, Ruby A. Rouse 2011 University of Phoenix Research Institute

Psychosocial Issues And Sources Of Support Affecting Retention For Adult Learners: Generational Variations, Debbie Ritter-Williams, Ruby A. Rouse

Adult Education Research Conference

Amid predictions of increasing numbers of jobs requiring employees with degrees, the retention of adult students returning to degree programs has become a critical concern. This study investigates generational differences in psychosocial factors that may influence adult students to discontinue taking classes, and the sources of support they find most helpful and important. A newly- created survey instrument was found to have acceptable validity and reliability and used to collect data from thousands of adult college students in April-May 2011.


General, Technical And Vocational Education: Worker’S Formal And Non- Formal Education In Argentina And Canada: On The Importance Of Comparing Workers ̈ Trajectories In Different Societies, Graciela C. Riquelme 2011 University of Buenos Aires

General, Technical And Vocational Education: Worker’S Formal And Non- Formal Education In Argentina And Canada: On The Importance Of Comparing Workers ̈ Trajectories In Different Societies, Graciela C. Riquelme

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper arise two general objectives: to summarize the basic empirical and theoretical ideas of and to present the first comparative results about the application ArCaWall in the Gran Buenos Aires. The first objective is summarized in this paper and the second one is grounded on the adaptation for the urban social and productive Argentinean reality of the original CSEW-OISE WALL questionnaire. This paper has a theoretical framework of the researches and the limitations and possibilities of a comparative approach; the empirical evidence is systematized for the labour market situation and formal and non- formal education of the workers.


The Career Experiences Of African American Female Engineers, Delores Rice 2011 Texas A&M University

The Career Experiences Of African American Female Engineers, Delores Rice

Adult Education Research Conference

African American women are significantly underrepresented in engineering workplace organizations. However, the primary focus, in the field, is on the STEM pipeline in K-12 and undergraduate education. If the engineering community does not address contributing factors in workplace organizations, then the overall goal of increasing the underrepresented populations in the engineering field will not be met. As a result, this study examines the career experiences of African American female engineers to understand the challenges, which impact their development. Implications for research and practice are given to support this population and other underrepresented groups in STEM.


From Resistance To "Solidarity": Teaching Race, Class And Gender To Working Class Adults, Dianne Ramdeholl, Richard Wells 2011 Empire State College

From Resistance To "Solidarity": Teaching Race, Class And Gender To Working Class Adults, Dianne Ramdeholl, Richard Wells

Adult Education Research Conference

In this paper two faculty members critically reflect on their experiences teaching a course entitled, Class, Race, and Gender in an effort to contribute to a sustainable conversation grounded in intersections between the three.


Women’S Involvement In Adult Education And Family Literacy: Consequences For Social Networks, Social Support, And Mental Health, Esther Prins, Maricela Carrera, Brendaly Drayton, Ramazan Gungor, Faith Miller, Tom Spencer 2011 Pennsylvania State University

Women’S Involvement In Adult Education And Family Literacy: Consequences For Social Networks, Social Support, And Mental Health, Esther Prins, Maricela Carrera, Brendaly Drayton, Ramazan Gungor, Faith Miller, Tom Spencer

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper presents preliminary findings from a mixed-methods study that examines how women use adult education and family literacy programs to construct supportive social networks, and, in turn, how these influence their mental health. We argue that these programs offer opportunities to form friendships and to access emotional, informational, and material support, thereby alleviating psychological distress arising from poverty, caregiving, and other stressors. However, intentional efforts to cultivate social ties and support systems among adult learners are needed.


National Identity As A Source Of Knowledge: Implications For Adult Education, Maria S. Plakhotnik, Tonette S. Rocco 2011 Florida International University

National Identity As A Source Of Knowledge: Implications For Adult Education, Maria S. Plakhotnik, Tonette S. Rocco

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper aims to answer the following question: What are employees’ experiences with their national identities in the context of a geocentric organizational culture?


Essentializing The Experiences And Expertise Of Adult Literacy Educators, Christine Pinsent-Johnson 2011 University of Ottawa

Essentializing The Experiences And Expertise Of Adult Literacy Educators, Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Adult Education Research Conference

Adult literacy educator expertise is being subsumed by the Essential Skills framework and IALS testing methodology as both are packaged as adult literacy pedagogy. Preliminary findings from an Institutional Ethnography illustrate how educators are becoming increasingly immersed in the discursive relations of the literacy regime as they: 1) get hooked into the discourse of the regime; 2) establish a direct link with assessments and accountability requirements; and 3) are taught to change the way they teach, discounting both research and practice based knowledge of literacy and adult learning.


State Violence, Learning And The Art Of Memory, Bethany J. Osborne, Shahrzad Mojab 2011 Ontario Institute for Stuides in Education, University of Toronto

State Violence, Learning And The Art Of Memory, Bethany J. Osborne, Shahrzad Mojab

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper examines the role that memory plays in the learning process of people who have experienced state violence. Our approach to this study has been a critical feminist-anti-racist perspective. Working with a group of women and men who are former political prisoners from Iran living in diaspora, we tried to interrogate questions about the role that memory plays in resistance and community building.


Getting Situated In A New Community Of Practice: The Early-Career Workplace Learning Of First-Generation College Graduates, Joann S. Olson 2011 Pennsylvania State University

Getting Situated In A New Community Of Practice: The Early-Career Workplace Learning Of First-Generation College Graduates, Joann S. Olson

Adult Education Research Conference

A phenomenological study conducted with first-generation college graduates who were working full time demonstrates how these first-generation college graduates’ work environments contributed to a sense of meaning in work. Graduates indicated that co-workers were not, generally, proactive to help newcomers learn their jobs. Participants described their attempts to reconcile ideas of “work ethic,” as understood from families of origin, with the realities of their current jobs. Rather than intentional and learning-friendly communities of practice seeking to incorporate newcomers into the workplace, participants more often found they were left alone to learn their job.


“Positive Aging” As Consumer Pedagogy: Towards A Theoretical Linking Of Adult Learning, Aging And Consumerism, Trevor Norris, Tara Silver 2011 Ontario Institute for Stuides in Education, University of Toronto

“Positive Aging” As Consumer Pedagogy: Towards A Theoretical Linking Of Adult Learning, Aging And Consumerism, Trevor Norris, Tara Silver

Adult Education Research Conference

This paper creates theoretical links between aging, adult learning and consumerism through an exploration of the contemporary cultural discourse of “positive aging.” Through the lens of adult education, we examine the pedagogical implication of positive aging as both a process of learning and consumption. This consumerist approach to aging is driven by modern gerontology, which reconstructs aging on the basis of individual abilities needs and functions. As a result, the culture of positive aging raises many questions for adult educators, particularly those who are interested in informal learning.


Are All Contexts Learning Contexts? Rethinking The Relationship Between Learning And Context In Adult Learning Theory, Kim L. Niewolny, Arthur L. Wilson 2011 Virginia Tech

Are All Contexts Learning Contexts? Rethinking The Relationship Between Learning And Context In Adult Learning Theory, Kim L. Niewolny, Arthur L. Wilson

Adult Education Research Conference

We explore the “question of context” as a discursive practice in adult learning literature to reveal how the act of identifying learning contexts within complementary (and at times confusing) discourses of adult learning affects our means to understand and organize learning. We specifically focus on the way cognitive and situated conceptualizations of learning are utilized, challenged, and reconfigured in social and in/nonformal learning discourses to give meaning to the relationship between context and learning. We conclude with implications for rethinking the “static” understanding of context in adult education research and practice to expand our contemporary views of learning-in-context.


What’S The Social Network Got To Do With It?!?: An Adult And Higher Education Evaluation Of Perceptions And Motivations To Study Abroad, Shelbee R. Nguyen, Joellen E. Coryell 2011 University of Texas at San Antonio

What’S The Social Network Got To Do With It?!?: An Adult And Higher Education Evaluation Of Perceptions And Motivations To Study Abroad, Shelbee R. Nguyen, Joellen E. Coryell

Adult Education Research Conference

The purpose of this study was to investigate adult learners’ perceptions and motivations to study abroad as well as the kinds of influences, including popular culture and social networks, that influence adult students to study abroad.


Canadian Adult Education: Still Moving, Tom Nesbit, Budd L. Hall 2011 Simon Fraser University

Canadian Adult Education: Still Moving, Tom Nesbit, Budd L. Hall

Adult Education Research Conference

Two of Canada’s veteran adult educators have recently discussed what they claim as the “death” of the Canadian adult education movement. In this paper, we challenge this claim and provide evidence to show that adult education in Canada remains vigorous and vital, expanding in some areas and overall still deserving of being called a movement.


Competence Development In Fixed-Term Employment, Gesa Münchhausen 2011 Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Competence Development In Fixed-Term Employment, Gesa MüNchhausen

Adult Education Research Conference

A German research project seeks to provide answers on how fixed-term employment affects the development of occupational competences. The objective is to compare the impact of this form of employment on competence acquisition by fixed-term employees and employees in “normal” working relationships from a subjective angle. Criteria for comparison are: scope for activity, task diversity, complexity of work, career opportunities, participation in formal continuing train- ing, social support and integration, decision-making powers, information offer- ings as well as job satisfaction. The project uses qualitative and quantitative re- search methods - that are a guided qualitative survey on the one hand and ...


Does The Cap Fit? The Case For Contextualised Initial Teacher Training For Vocational Teachers, Bev Morris, Steve Gildersleve 2011 Marvellous Minds Training and Consultancy

Does The Cap Fit? The Case For Contextualised Initial Teacher Training For Vocational Teachers, Bev Morris, Steve Gildersleve

Adult Education Research Conference

This case study of UK teacher-training for vocational trainers highlights the tensions between the professionalization of the teaching workforce and the skills and expectations of vocational trainers.


Theological Education In Action: A Study Of Racial Perspective Change Among Participants In The Student Interracial Ministry Of Union Theological Seminary (1960-1968), Kirk A. Moll 2011 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Theological Education In Action: A Study Of Racial Perspective Change Among Participants In The Student Interracial Ministry Of Union Theological Seminary (1960-1968), Kirk A. Moll

Adult Education Research Conference

This qualitative research study investigated the role played by white theological seminary student participation in the Student Interracial Ministry (1960-1968) in the transformation of the participants’ racial perspectives. The central theoretical framework was transformative learning. The role of racism as a disorienting dilemma; interpersonal, affective, and spiritual/religious factors, and transformative learning across the lifespan were explored.


Clipped Wings: Professionalism Structuring Adult Educators In A Globalized Workplace, Robert Mizzi 2011 York University

Clipped Wings: Professionalism Structuring Adult Educators In A Globalized Workplace, Robert Mizzi

Adult Education Research Conference

Through policy-oriented research and in-depth interviews, this research project investigated what kinds of discourses could possibly be structuring the lives of adult educators who work in international development. One significant theme that emerged in the data was the presence of “image” as a microtechnology of power that not only demanded silence around “controversial” identity- differences, but also encouraged adult educators to adopt a public identity that was more congruent to the accepted norms of the workplace.


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