For Adults in College, Learning Is An Act Of Hope

Thanks to Adrian van Leen (Perth, Western Australia) for making this image available.

Thanks to Adrian van Leen (Perth, Western Australia) for making this image available.

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:

Learning is an Act of Hope – Part I

Learning is an Act of Hope – Part II

Is learning, for you, an act of hope?

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