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West, Linden; Fleming, Ted; Finnegan, Fergal – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
This paper connects Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, dispositions and capital with a psychosocial analysis of how Winnicott's psychoanalysis and Honneth's recognition theory can be of importance in understanding how and why non-traditional students remain in higher education. Understanding power relations in an interdisciplinary way makes…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, College Students, Higher Education, Personality
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Hunt, Celia; West, Linden – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2009
This paper stems from a dialogue on the subjects of learning and learners: one forged out of experiences in research and teaching, and the application of psychodynamic insights, developmental psychology and recent work in the neurosciences, to thinking about adult learning and subjectivity. We argue that some notion of the self needs to be…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Learning Processes, Developmental Psychology, Individual Development
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Hunt, Celia; West, Linden – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2006
This paper arises out of recognition of the shared importance of psychodynamic theory in our approaches to teaching and research. We demonstrate how psychodynamic ideas--broadly defined as encouraging people to engage more closely with thoughts and feelings that may be hidden from the conscious mind--can be applied in many, diverse, and radical…
Descriptors: Therapy, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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Malcolm, Janice; Miller, Nod; Armstrong, Paul; Cervero, Ronald M.; Edwards, Richard; Gosling, David; Hayes, Elizabeth R.; Johnson-Bailey, Juanita; West, Linden; Wilson, Arthur L.; Zukas, Miriam – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2001
Includes a review by Malcolm of the new Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education and proceedings of a symposium on the handbook from the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (31st, London, England, July 2001). Addresses issues of knowledge production in the education of adults. (Contains 23…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Guides, Politics of Education
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West, Linden – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1993
A study of community colleges found that they achieve high levels of participation from underrepresented groups and provide return-to-learning opportunities. However, many developmental studies students drop out. Retention improves when curriculum includes student experience and the educational culture appears to value students. (SK)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs
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West, Linden – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1995
A life history approach can give better understanding of adult motivation to participate in education than quantitative surveys can. Interviews with 30 adults entering higher education illustrate the technique but also raise methodological questions about this form of research. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Anxiety, Cultural Context, Higher Education