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.
|Commitee:||Proehl, Rebecca, Taylor, Kathleen|
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|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|
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