My colleague and friend Harriet Schwartz writes a blog for her adult learners called The Encouragement Lounge. I appreciate her blog greatly because it is nicely focused and intentional, well-written, and often quite fun as well (check out her Saturday Morning Cartoon features, for example).
[An aside: When I look at other colleagues’ blogs, including Harriet’s, I get “blog-envy” and I see all sorts of things I would like to do, or do differently, with PrattleNog. But instead of being all mopey about it or competitive (neither of which are actual tendencies of mine), or, heaven-forbid, re-create a wheel, I’ll just point you to the good stuff out there.]
This week, Harriet posted two entries that summarized Carol Kasworm’s 2008 article titled “Emotional Challenges of Adult Learners in Higher Education.” I think it’s helpful for adults in or returning to college to consider some of the scholarly articles written about them — for one thing, they may learn about themselves by doing so, or they may reflect on their own experiences as being different from others. In this case, I think it might be helpful to learn that there is an acknowledgment in the academic literature on adult learning that emotionality can play a significant role in learning, and what that can mean for the learner.
Enough from me — please check out Harriet’s posts:
Is learning, for you, an act of hope?