Learning to become an adult student : experiences in a UK university
Merrill, Barbara. (2012) Learning to become an adult student : experiences in a UK university. International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, Volume 5 (Number 1). ISSN 1997-7034Full text not available from this repository.
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This article explores the learning experiences and learner identity of working class adult students in an elite UK university using biographical approaches. The stories of the adult students are used to illuminate their highs and lows of being a university student while also juggling with their other life roles. It argues that university life offers the potential for a changed identity while still maintaining their working class identity. In looking at what ‘keeps them going on’ with their studies the importance of support, particularly from lecturers is highlighted not only in terms of academic support but also in terms of lecturers understanding their life and personal experiences and the struggles and hardships which these may entail. Without this support and sense of belonging at the university it is difficult to develop a learner identity and succeed with their studies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education|
|Divisions:||Other > Centre for Lifelong Learning|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning|
|Publisher:||HKU SPACE Centre for Research in Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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