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Adult learners' experience of change related to completion of a B.A. degree
by McLaughlin, Barbara J., Ed.D., Saint Mary's College of California, 2010, 260; 3411951
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study examined adults’ experiences of change having completed a B.A. in Management from a liberal arts college. Three sources of data were used, including interviews conducted with the sixteen participants. Findings revealed experiences of transformation and development, which were attributed to cognitive and affective factors in the program as well as elements of personal support. Experiences of change included themes of transformed thinking, transformed sense of self, and transformed relationships. Factors to which these changes were attributed included the cohort, relationships that support and challenge, and pedagogy, teaching methods and curriculum. Implications include making developmental intentions explicit in program goals and the necessity of including liberal arts courses in programs designed for professional adults.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elias, Dean
Commitee: Proehl, Rebecca, Taylor, Kathleen
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Adult education, Higher education
Keywords: Adult development, Adult learning, Change, Constructive development, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 3411951
ISBN: 978-1-124-08434-3
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