Beyond Fragments: Adults, Motivation And Higher Education

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Overview

Adults now constitute the majority of students in higher education; what they bring to it, want and need are important questions in the development of a more responsive higher education. The author discusses The Relationship Between Motives, Education, And Life History To Explore how culture and history shape people and their motives for learning, taking into account variations in gender, social background and ethnicity, challenging the orthodox view that non-traditional students enter higher educational for vocational/material reasons.

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Develops a cultural psychology of adult learning incorporating object relations and sociological, cultural, and feminist theory, drawing on in-depth biographical research with individual adult students in higher education from various backgrounds. Students' stories and their experiences of oppressive conditions and negative cultural scripting demonstrate the importance of higher education as a space in which to experiment with the creation of new identities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748404858
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Culture and Society Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Thinking of Fragments 1
Ch. 2 Self, Method and Imaginative Empathy 17
Ch. 3 On Becoming a Solicitor: the Problem of Stated Reasons 33
Ch. 4 Telling Stories: Brenda and Paul 47
Ch. 5 Men Talking on the Medway 72
Ch. 6 Men Talking: Thanet and the Poetic Object of Fishing 95
Ch. 7 Partners in Change 115
Ch. 8 Women in Professional and Personal Fragments 132
Ch. 9 Border Country 149
Ch. 10 East and West 167
Ch. 11 Red Pens and Relationships: Retrospect and Prospects in Higher Education 187
Ch. 12 Beyond Fragments? 206
Appendix The Ethical Code/Conditions of Use Form 219
References 222
Index 229
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