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Understanding the needs and life experiences of adult students: A qualitative study of adult students in Preliminary Studies at Keilir
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Adult learners bring different experiences and perspectives to their education. It is important they get opportunities to learn at their own speed, through different situations and activities. Consequently, the teaching methods and learning environment are very important to the learner. Therefore the school and it´s teachers play a big role in making the learner feel comfortable and gain new experiences which could help them develop themselves as adult learners and find the right learning path.

This thesis explores how the individuals needs and life experience is utilised through the learning process in the learning environment of the Preliminary studies program at Keilir. The focus is on student’s experiences of the learning environment at Keilir in order to see if they meet the needs of adult students. That being said, interviews with former and current participants in the program will show what the students experienced during their time in the program and how they felt their needs were met.

Furthermore Lave and Wenger´s (1991) concept of a community of practice will be used to explore the education at Keilir and how learning in collaboration with other students and others that impact the learner’s journey can affect the learner’s education and their learning experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Adult students, needs, life experience, Preliminary Studies, Community of Practice, Keilir
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127506ISRN: LIU-IBL/IMPALGC-A—16/004-SEOAI: diva2:924843
Subject / course
Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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