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Effectiveness Of The Completion Bonus Program For Achievement In Adult Education, Mary Ziegler, Olga Ebert Oct 2002

Effectiveness Of The Completion Bonus Program For Achievement In Adult Education, Mary Ziegler, Olga Ebert

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This study examined use of a cash bonus as an incentive for welfare recipients to make progress in Adult Basic Education programs and pass the GED test. The number of people in sixteen programs who made learning gains appears to have increased after the bonus program was introduced.


Bridging Across Disciplines: Understanding The Connections Between Cultural Identity, Spirituality And Sociopolitical Development In Teaching For Transformation, Derise Tolliver, Elizabeth J. Tisdell Oct 2002

Bridging Across Disciplines: Understanding The Connections Between Cultural Identity, Spirituality And Sociopolitical Development In Teaching For Transformation, Derise Tolliver, Elizabeth J. Tisdell

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We briefly review and analyze the literature of several different disciplinary perspectives to understand the relationships between cultural identity, spirituality, sociopolitical development and their role in teaching for transformation.


Towards A Critical Theory Of Adult Learning/Education: Transformational Theory And Beyond, Arthur L. Wilson, Richard C. Kiely Oct 2002

Towards A Critical Theory Of Adult Learning/Education: Transformational Theory And Beyond, Arthur L. Wilson, Richard C. Kiely

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Given the great promise of critical theory to transform the field of adult education and its understanding of adult learning, indeed, to create, as Mezirow boldly proclaimed two decades ago, a critical theory of adult learning, where are we now?


The Ambushed Spirit: Perspective, Violence And Downsizing, Daniela Truty Oct 2002

The Ambushed Spirit: Perspective, Violence And Downsizing, Daniela Truty

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The purpose of this study was to investigate downsizing from the perspective of the person who was separated from the job, and to explore its connection to violence and peace studies. Findings suggest that experiences varied according to context and point of view and that downsizing was often a violative.


Dealing With Religious, Cultural, And Spiritual Pluralism In Adult And Higher Education Practice In An Age Of Terrorism: Challenges And Controversies, Elisabeth J. Tisdell, Derise Tolliver, Nadira Charaniya, Jane West Walsh Oct 2002

Dealing With Religious, Cultural, And Spiritual Pluralism In Adult And Higher Education Practice In An Age Of Terrorism: Challenges And Controversies, Elisabeth J. Tisdell, Derise Tolliver, Nadira Charaniya, Jane West Walsh

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This symposium addresses the challenges, controversies, and perceived responsibilities in dealing with religious, cultural, and spiritual pluralism in adult education practice from the perspective of a multiple presenters of different positionalities and spiritual traditions.


Developing Adult Learners: A Model, Kathleen Taylor Oct 2002

Developing Adult Learners: A Model, Kathleen Taylor

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Based on research with experienced adult educators, this framework for practice proposes a model of “developmental intentions” designed to encourage epistemological development in adult learners. This interactive session will also explore how developmental intentions can inform classroom strategies for teachers and trainers of adults.


Teaching Beliefs Of Graduate Students In Adult Education: A Longitudinal Perspective, Edward W. Taylor Oct 2002

Teaching Beliefs Of Graduate Students In Adult Education: A Longitudinal Perspective, Edward W. Taylor

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This longitudinal study explores the influence on teaching beliefs from participating in a masters program in adult education. A group of practicing adult educators was interviewed over a two-year period while participating in graduate study. Findings reveal that graduate school had little impact on their prior teaching beliefs. Implications for graduate schools are discussed.


Social Capital Influences On Lifelong Learning Among Adults Who Didn’T Finish High School, Clare Strawn Oct 2002

Social Capital Influences On Lifelong Learning Among Adults Who Didn’T Finish High School, Clare Strawn

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This paper uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning to investigate how discursive and structural dimensions of social capital influence engagement in learning. The primary finding is that social capital influences formal and informal learning in opposite directions.


Place, Time And Doing The Right Thing: The Moral Geographies Of Adult Education, Thomas J. Sork Oct 2002

Place, Time And Doing The Right Thing: The Moral Geographies Of Adult Education, Thomas J. Sork

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This study explores the relationships between the spatial-temporal locations of adult education faculty during key points in their development and the moral imperatives and ethical frameworks that inform their teaching in graduate programs around the world.


Market Women: Lessons Learned From Successful Black Women Entrepreneurs, Cheryl A. Smith Oct 2002

Market Women: Lessons Learned From Successful Black Women Entrepreneurs, Cheryl A. Smith

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The purpose of this research was to explore the learning and business strategies of successful Black women entrepreneurs. The fundamental assumption of the study was that the life experiences of this underresearched group has value and worth and can provide useful lessons for adult learners, educators and entrepreneurs regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.


Welfare Mothers, High Risk Consequences, And Political Agency, Barbara Sparks Oct 2002

Welfare Mothers, High Risk Consequences, And Political Agency, Barbara Sparks

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This paper examines how welfare mothers struggling to access and succeed in post-secondary education are influenced by educational advocates who provide services.


Seeking Academic Redemption: The Reconstruction Of Learner Identity Among “Underprepared” Adults, Regina Smith, John M. Dirkx, Marilyn Amey Oct 2002

Seeking Academic Redemption: The Reconstruction Of Learner Identity Among “Underprepared” Adults, Regina Smith, John M. Dirkx, Marilyn Amey

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A desire to promote learning for personal development and change dominates much of research and practice in adult and higher education. Few studies, however, have attempted to describe how participating learners experience developmental programs, or how they make sense of these programs in the their particular life contexts. In this study, we describe the re-making of a “learner” identity, as narrated by underprepared adults enrolled in a developmentally-oriented community college program.


Text, Lies, And The Welfare State: The Portrayal Of Welfare Recipients In Welfare-To-Work Educational Programs, Jennifer A. Sandlin Oct 2002

Text, Lies, And The Welfare State: The Portrayal Of Welfare Recipients In Welfare-To-Work Educational Programs, Jennifer A. Sandlin

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This study explored the ideological messages about welfare recipients promoted in two welfare-to-work programs. It was found that programs are greatly influenced by the unjust stereotypes about welfare recipients upheld in popular rhetoric. It is concluded that critical educators should question these dominant discourses and find ways to promote this questioning in programs.


Hitting The Target? A Case Study Of The Experiences Of Teachers In Steel Mill Learning Centers, Amy D. Rose, Laurel Jeris, Robert Smith Oct 2002

Hitting The Target? A Case Study Of The Experiences Of Teachers In Steel Mill Learning Centers, Amy D. Rose, Laurel Jeris, Robert Smith

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This paper begins an analysis of the development of professional identity among teachers and coordinators in steel mill learning programs. Teachers and coordinators all have an extreme flexibility in thinking about their own careers and in dealing with the issues that arise in the workplace. They have worked to develop a sense of vision and a philosophy of adult education that allows them to connect with the learners while working at some semblance of professional growth.


Waiting To Exhale: African American Women And Adult Learning Through Movies, Elice E. Rogers Oct 2002

Waiting To Exhale: African American Women And Adult Learning Through Movies, Elice E. Rogers

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This paper proposes that movies are a great source for learning especially for African American women. Findings suggest that adult educators will want to look closely at how today’s diverse adults are informed and make meaning via popular culture.


Power Relationships In Two Web-Based Courses, John M. Pettitt Oct 2002

Power Relationships In Two Web-Based Courses, John M. Pettitt

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This study examined the experiences of ten adult distance learners enrolled in on-line undergraduate business management courses. The frameworks of Rogers and Giddens have relevance for these distance learners who displayed strategies for exerting agency over time, proximity, and authority in order to maintain, obtain, surrender, or share control.


Workplace Literacy: A Labour Perspective, Tom Nesbit Oct 2002

Workplace Literacy: A Labour Perspective, Tom Nesbit

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This paper explores the policies and practices of Canadian unions in the area of workplace literacy. Specifically, it examines the roles that unions play in workplace literacy education and how labour-initiated workplace literacy programs might enhance education for working people and inform critical issues in workforce education.


Creating A Place For Learning: Dorothy Day And The Catholic Worker Movement, Marilyn Mckinley Parrish Sep 2002

Creating A Place For Learning: Dorothy Day And The Catholic Worker Movement, Marilyn Mckinley Parrish

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This is an examination of Dorothy Day’s approach to social activism, the development of the Catholic Worker movement, and the learning that took place within it. The intent is to contribute to a more complete history of the education of adults in twentieth century American society.


Joining The Conversation: Graduate Students’ Perceptions Of Writing For Publication, Sarah M. Nielson, Tonette S. Rocco Sep 2002

Joining The Conversation: Graduate Students’ Perceptions Of Writing For Publication, Sarah M. Nielson, Tonette S. Rocco

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The authors report on their qualitative study of eight students in a class on writing for publication and the nature of the writing process in academia. While the participants found value and purpose in writing and scholarly writing, they had great difficulty with criticism and using feedback in constructive ways.


When You Have To Retire At 55: Prospect And Learning Agenda, Mazanah Muhamad Sep 2002

When You Have To Retire At 55: Prospect And Learning Agenda, Mazanah Muhamad

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Forty to fifty four years old Malaysian public employee view mandatory retirement at 55 as challenging. They expect to be financially and social psychologically affected. Pre-retirement learning program is wanting. Their learning interest reflects their biopsychosocial situation, value and needs. Learning for these middle age adults can be framed to life-stage issue and context.


Marketing God: A Critical Inquiry Into Spirituality In The Workplace, Fred Milacci, Sharon L. Howell Sep 2002

Marketing God: A Critical Inquiry Into Spirituality In The Workplace, Fred Milacci, Sharon L. Howell

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This paper examines the way spirituality is co-opted and commodified to serve the interests of the marketplace from a faith-based perspective.


Andragogy, Cognitive Learning, Experiential Learning And Booker T. Washington: The Unexplored Connection, Barnadette Mckelly Sep 2002

Andragogy, Cognitive Learning, Experiential Learning And Booker T. Washington: The Unexplored Connection, Barnadette Mckelly

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The dominant discourse in the field of adult education has not explored a link between the adult learning philosophies of Booker T. Washington and dominant theories in the field of Adult Education. The purpose of this study is to investigate the link between the adult learning philosophies of Booker T. Washington and three of the dominant adult learning theories, androgogy, experiential learning and cognitive learning.


We Make Spirit By Walking: An Application Of Kovel’S Spirituality To The Life And Work Of Committed Environmentalists, Barbara Mcdonald Sep 2002

We Make Spirit By Walking: An Application Of Kovel’S Spirituality To The Life And Work Of Committed Environmentalists, Barbara Mcdonald

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This paper employs Kovel’s (1991) five meditations on spirit as an analytical framework for exploring the spirituality of committed environmental activists. These meditations explicitly present spirituality as the making of spirit, that is, as bringing spirit power into one’s life through learning and doing.


Learner Voice: How Learner-Centered Programming Affects Teacher-Centered Instruction, Patsy Medina Sep 2002

Learner Voice: How Learner-Centered Programming Affects Teacher-Centered Instruction, Patsy Medina

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Similar to other research in adult literacy education, my study confirms that adult literacy education primarily focuses on building discrete skills. However, when one examines the programming decisions that administrators make, there is a difference in how and what students learn in the classroom.


Reflective Synergy: A Research Model For Collaborative Inquiry, Craig A. Mealman, Randee Lipson Lawrence Sep 2002

Reflective Synergy: A Research Model For Collaborative Inquiry, Craig A. Mealman, Randee Lipson Lawrence

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A theoretical model for collaborative inquiry as a research methodology in adult education is presented in this paper. The authors discuss the elements of the model along with their lived experience through its development.


Casting A Wider Net: A Critique Of The Boundaries Imposed By White Privilege In Adult Education, Elaine Manglitz, Lisa Merriweather Sep 2002

Casting A Wider Net: A Critique Of The Boundaries Imposed By White Privilege In Adult Education, Elaine Manglitz, Lisa Merriweather

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In this paper, we review and critique the literature on white privilege to identify ways the Eurocentric culture undergirds our social practices in adult education. Africentrism, an alternative to Eurocentrism, will be used as an example of how the discourse can be expanded. Finally, we will offer recommendations for the field.


Participatory Approaches To The Planning Of Literacy Education In Botswana, Tonic Maruatona Sep 2002

Participatory Approaches To The Planning Of Literacy Education In Botswana, Tonic Maruatona

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This paper is a critique of planning in the Botswana National Literacy Program, it outlines activities of the program and demonstrates how it reproduces social inequality and suggests participatory strategies to strengthen literacy education in Botswana.


Making Meanings: Exploring Teachers’ Thinking In Adult Education, Janice Malcolm, Miriam Zukas Sep 2002

Making Meanings: Exploring Teachers’ Thinking In Adult Education, Janice Malcolm, Miriam Zukas

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In this paper, we use two case studies of teachers to explore the relationship between disciplinary and pedagogic identities.


Exploring Teaching Roles And Responsibilities In Adult Literacy Education: Do Teachers See Themselves As Transformative Educators?, Karen M. Margo Sep 2002

Exploring Teaching Roles And Responsibilities In Adult Literacy Education: Do Teachers See Themselves As Transformative Educators?, Karen M. Margo

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This qualitative study compared English and ESL teachers’ perspectives of teaching and learning with the role of the adult educator and the process of learning, most notably described by Jack Mezirow in his theory of transformational learning and Paulo Freire in his critical theory of adult education. Significant parallels between some of the teachers’ intentions, views of learning, and curriculum orientation were consistent with the role of the educator and the process of learning described in transformative theories of adult learning. The teachers in this study also held many reservations about the role of the teacher as a change agent.


Trigger Event Meets Culture Shock: Linking The Literature Of Transformative Learning Theory And Cross-Cultural Adaptation, Carol R. Lyon Sep 2002

Trigger Event Meets Culture Shock: Linking The Literature Of Transformative Learning Theory And Cross-Cultural Adaptation, Carol R. Lyon

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The purpose of this exploration was to identify the links between the literature bases of transformative learning theory and cross cultural adaptation. Eight extant studies combining these two areas of literature were examined to find similarities and differences.