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Grit And The Adult Learner: Should We Be Thinking About Work Ethic?, Joann S. Olson May 2015

Grit And The Adult Learner: Should We Be Thinking About Work Ethic?, Joann S. Olson

Adult Education Research Conference

Research related to work ethic appears most frequently in psychology and business-related venues, with few publications in education. This roundtable encourages participants to explore whether thinking in terms of a learners’ work ethic is an appropriate or potentially beneficial concept for adult educators.


A Grounded Theory Study Of Working Adults Navigating Advanced Degrees, Charles Valent Slider Jan 2015

A Grounded Theory Study Of Working Adults Navigating Advanced Degrees, Charles Valent Slider

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

There is considerable body of research about adults navigating advanced degrees, but little regarding adults in graduate degree programs while in full-time educational careers. Guided by Mezirow's transformative learning theory, the purpose of this study was to develop a grounded theory (GT) that reflected the lived experiences of fulltime teachers within a school district as they progressed through advanced degrees. Fourteen adult learner participants were asked to talk about their experiences as both fulltime educators and graduate students. The constant comparative analysis method was employed to analyze the data to develop a theory entitled enduring driven succeeding. The theory ...