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Couch, Jen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
This article uses an auto-ethnographic approach to explore the reflections and insights that occurred during my teaching of a subject in adolescent development on the Thai Burma border. This paper adopts a relatively descriptive style to a personal reflection of teaching on the border and how it transformed the way I teach and made me look at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Theory, Curriculum Implementation, Ethnography
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John, Vaughn M. – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
After more than three decades of development, transformative learning theory is currently a major theory of adult learning. It has also attracted substantial critique, leading to further development, application and differentiation. Recent contributions to this vast scholarship show a quest for a more unified theory. This article examines…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transformative Learning, Adult Learning, Learning Theories
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Stone, Cathy; O'Shea, Sarah; May, Josephine; Delahunty, Janine; Partington, Zoë – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Online learning has an important place in widening access and participation in higher education for diverse student cohorts. One cohort taking up online study in increasing numbers is that of mature-age, first-in-family students. First-in-family is defined as those who are the first in their immediate family, including parents, siblings, partners…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Electronic Learning, Open Universities, Adult Students
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Christie, Michael; Carey, Michael; Robertson, Ann; Grainger, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper elaborates on a number of key criticisms of Mezirow's transformative learning theory as well as providing arguments that validate it. Our paper exemplifies how Mezirow's theory can help adult educators and prospective school teachers understand that social structures and belief systems can influence student learning, that learners make…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Females, Doctoral Degrees
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Ryan, Thomas G.; Griffiths, Sarah – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
The following review of literature illuminates self-advocacy from a North American transformational learning perspective via meaningful impacts, which arise for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as various communities and their members. For adults with developmental disabilities, increased leadership capabilities and the evolution of…
Descriptors: Self Advocacy, Adults, Developmental Disabilities, Literature Reviews
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Hickling-Hudson, Anne; Hepple, Erika – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper describes a public pedagogy project embedded into The Global Teacher, a subject within the Bachelor of Education program for student teachers at an Australian university. The subject provides a global perspective on socio-political issues that shape education. In 2013, The Global Teacher introduced an approach that asked student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Libraries, Exhibits, Preservice Teachers
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Spry, Nandila; Marchant, Teresa – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
Gender equity and the empowerment of women is a significant international issue. Successful adult education programs are vital to enhance women's situation. Lessons learned from a personal development program provided for thousands of women are analysed. The program is conducted by community service providers in Australia and internationally, with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Females, Empowerment
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Benson, Robyn; Heagney, Margaret; Hewitt, Lesley; Crosling, Glenda; Devos, Anita – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper reports on a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeeded in higher education. The project explored participants' pathways into higher education, how they managed their studies, and their reflections at course completion. In this paper, the concept of perspective transformation is used to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Success, Transformative Learning, Longitudinal Studies
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Madsen, Wendy; O'Mullan, Cathy; Keen-Dyer, Helen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
Leadership programs have been extensively promoted in rural communities in Australia. However, few have been evaluated. The results of the evaluation of a rural leadership program provided in this paper highlight the need for adult learning theories to be more overtly identified and utilised as the basis of planning and implementing leadership…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Leadership Training, Rural Education
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Gervasoni, Ann; Smith, Jeremy; Howard, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
This paper provides insight into the experience of Clemente humanities education for six regional and rural Australian women living around Ballarat. Each took part in an audio-taped semi-structured interview which explored the impact that university study had on their lives. Their responses suggest that Clemente Ballarat was life-giving. The…
Descriptors: Humanities, Womens Education, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries
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Widin, Jacquie; Yasukawa, Keiko; Chodkiewicz, Andrew – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
The field of adult language, literacy and numeracy in Australia is a site of struggle as policy changes, new learner groups and new economic imperatives challenge teachers' expertise and beliefs about good teaching practice. This article examines the ways in which experienced adult language, literacy and numeracy teachers shape and reshape their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy, Literacy Education, Numeracy
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Gougoulakis, Petros; Christie, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
The aim of this philosophical and historical position paper is to discuss the ways in which Popular Education--folkbildning--has contributed to the social transformation of Sweden through self-directed and collaborative educational practices. One of our premises is that individual transformative learning, fostered by folkbildning, has contributed…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Popular Education, Foreign Countries, Social Change
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Willis, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
In this paper I use a story to introduce the idea of stories in adult educational practice. Telling stories seems to be as old as human culture. MacIntyre referred to humans as "story-telling animals" (1981: 201). The secret is the ways in which this storytelling capacity can be used in a holistic humanistic pedagogy. Education, the process of…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Practices, Story Telling, Classroom Communication
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Thorley, Faith – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
I use my passion and skills as an artist to deal with my various disabilities resulting from brain tumour surgery. The "artvantages" of this approach have been many: improved self-esteem and a greater sense of wellbeing, to name just two. On reflection and after revisiting the experiences of my healing journey, I now know when this journey began.…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Artists, Disabilities, Adult Education
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McDougall, Jenny; Davis, Wendy – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
While much has been written about the transformative potential of adult education from the student perspective, little research has been done into the experiences of those who teach in such contexts. This paper draws on the reflections of three academics who work in an enabling program in regional Australia. We embarked on a process of critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Educators, Transformative Learning, Reflective Teaching
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