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作者 Golia, Regina
書名 Understanding perceptions of change among women in a doctoral program for adult educators
國際標準書號 0599965053
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說明 288 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-09, Section: A, page: 3438
Sponsor: Philip Fey
Thesis (Ed.D.)--Columbia University Teachers College, 2000
This qualitative case study looked at the way women experience and process change within the context of their lives. It examined how they think and feel about change, what it means to them, and how change affects them. Specifically, it explored the perceptions of a group of women in a doctoral program for adult educators: AEGIS, the Adult Education Guided Independent Study program at Teachers College, Columbia University
The purpose of the study was to better understand women's perceptions of change as they experience it in their lives. The study was conceived in response to the lack of research-based information on this subject. The goal was to provide adult educators with the women's perspectives so that they could better assist and support women through change
The study used critical incidents and in-depth interviews to obtain information about the women's experience of change. The research focused on providing a description of change in the women's own words. It aimed to describe the inner, mostly unseen way that women process change and respond to it within the context of their lives
The findings fell under four major categories: the kind and nature of change, the meaning of change, feelings about change, and the effects of change. The women reported that they experienced change as part of an interrelated cluster of change, not a singular event. Meaning was created, and was complex and multilayered. Their feelings were often mixed, both positive and negative, regardless of the type of change. The most predominant effect was the way change altered the women's identities, making them stronger, more confident individuals
The main recommendation of the study was that adult educators need to become more aware of the complex nature of change and its impact upon women, through their preparation as adult educators and from their interaction with adult learners. They also need to design adult learning programs which allow time for and encourage reflection, discussion, and the processing of experiences
The study provides an account of change as a complex, ongoing, nonlinear process, as described by the women experiencing it
School code: 0055
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 61-09A
主題 Education, Adult and Continuing
Women's Studies
Alt Author Columbia University Teachers College
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