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2012

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Adult Development

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The Construction And Performance Of Adulthood In 18- To 25-Year-Old Ged Students: A Narrative Exploration, Clara Amelia Davis May 2012

The Construction And Performance Of Adulthood In 18- To 25-Year-Old Ged Students: A Narrative Exploration, Clara Amelia Davis

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation is a narrative study designed to address the changing meaning of adulthood for youths matriculating into adult basic education programs by drawing from the interdisciplinary perspectives of postmodernism, critical social theory, and narrative methodology. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of adult basic education students, ages 18 to 25, and their construction and performance of adulthood. Twelve GED students, ages 18 to 25, enrolled in local non-profit adult education programs, were interviewed individually regarding their experience of leaving high school, transitioning into an adult education program, and their construction and performance of adulthood ...