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Mountford, Christine – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
The mission and values of Victoria University provide the underlying criteria for the development and implementation of the Community Gateways initiative, which aims to transform the lives of those living in the west of Melbourne through the power of further education. Community Gateways takes the university into the community by providing career…
Descriptors: Career Education, Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Prior Learning
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Le Clus, Megan – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
In the last few decades, the workplace has been increasingly recognised as a legitimate environment for learning new skills and knowledge, which in turn enables workers to participate more effectively in ever-changing work environments. Within the workplace, there is the potential for continuous learning to occur not only through formal learning…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Literature Reviews, Educational History, Learning Processes
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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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Willis, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
This paper argues that learning for human flourishing needs a balance between small-scale, convivial experiences, imaginary and creative expression, logical, rational planning and autonomous, purposive practices. It is the second one--imaginary and creative expression--which is particularly of interest in this paper. The focus is on the capacity…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Creative Activities, Adult Learning, Imagination
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Russell, Helen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
With an increase in life expectancy in modern complex communities, there will be a prolonged period, post-retirement, in which older adults will seek meaningful projects. Juxtaposed with the longer period after retirement is the realisation that life is nearing the end. This paper draws on research undertaken from 2003-2010. The purpose of the…
Descriptors: Retirement, Phenomenology, Older Adults, Qualitative Research
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Lai, Horng-Ji; Wu, Ming-Lieh; Li, Ai-Tzu – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
This study investigated the informal learning experiences expressed by Taiwanese adults (aged from 16 to 97) and examined their involvement related to selected socio-demographic characteristics. Data of the 2008 Adult Education Participation Survey in Taiwan and Fujian Area were used to look at different variables of adults' demographic…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Background
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Moni, Karen B.; Jobling, Anne; Morgan, Michelle; Lloyd, Jan – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
Despite the importance of and advocacy for developing literacy skills for successful and rewarding participation in the community, there remains a common perception that becoming literate is not possible for people with intellectual disabilities. Until recently, limited research has been undertaken to investigate the literacy skills of adults with…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Lifelong Learning, Literacy, Adult Literacy
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Hodge, Steven – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
Transformative learning theory is a dominant approach to understanding adult learning. The theory addresses the way our perspectives on the world, others and ourselves can be challenged and transformed in our ongoing efforts to make sense of the world. It is a conception of learning that does not focus on the measurable acquisition of knowledge…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Transformative Learning, Adult Learning, Competence
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Geertshuis, Susan; Cooper-Thomas, Helena – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
This paper examines the extent of patients' health-related learning from a range of sources and aims to identify psycho-cognitive variables that predict learning. Using a survey design, we found that people higher in perceived health competence were lower in anxiety and took a more logical approach to decision making. Low perceived health…
Descriptors: Patients, Decision Making, Anxiety, Predictor Variables
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Siedle, Rob – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
A movement known as the Universities of the Third Age (U3As) provides educational, cultural and social services for mature-age people in Australia and internationally. This paper focuses on the educational courses run by U3As and discusses two basic questions: What are the expectations of learners who enrol in these classes? and How can tutors…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tutors, Social Services, Educational Practices
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Falasca, Marina – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
A fundamental aspect of adult education is engaging adults in becoming lifelong learners. More often than not, this requires removing barriers to learning, especially those relating to the actual organisational or institutional learning process. This article explores some of the main barriers to adult learning discussed in the literature and…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, Barriers, Learning Processes
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Harris, Roger; Morrison, Anne – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
In this paper we review fifty years of articles published in Australian Journal of Adult Learning in its various iterations. We examine the different roles of the journal: to illuminate the history and trends of adult education authors; to be the flagship of the adult education profession in Australia; to reflect on significant national events;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Education, Periodicals
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Golding, Barry; Foley, Annette – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
Consistent with the "looking back, moving forward" conference theme, in this paper we undertake a critical, research-based appraisal of the current, arguably neglected state of adult education in Australia in 2010, and proceed to paint a picture of how a different and potentially more positive future might be realised. Firstly, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Community Education, Adult Learning
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Jenkins, Catherine – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
Adult educators have strong beliefs. This will surprise no-one, but where do their beliefs come from, and how do they influence future development of their teaching practice? Drawing on my PhD research, I explore the multi-directional relationship between teaching beliefs and practices, considering the influence of past traditions of adult…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Adult Education, Adult Educators
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Hamer, Jen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
The formal recognition of prior learning (RPL) has long been lauded and even, one might suggest, doggedly pursued as a tool of social justice and equity within education sectors across the world (Harris, 1999; Wheelahan, Miller & Newton, 2002; Castle & Attwood, 2001; Cleary et al., 2002). It can accredit skills and knowledges that have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prior Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Philosophy
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