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Biographical Learning and Non-Formal Education : questing, threads and choosing how to be older

Duncan, Sam (2015) Biographical Learning and Non-Formal Education : questing, threads and choosing how to be older. Studies in the Education of Adults. ISSN 0266-0830. DOI UNSPECIFIED (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper presents an initial inductive analysis of the eight semi-structured interviews with English adult learners conducted as part of the EU BeLL project. It uses the theoretical lens of biographical learning (with its key concepts of agency and narrative) to explore what these interviews can tell us about the ways adults express the benefits of liberal adult education and its relationship to informal learning. Initial findings suggest that benefits are experienced as ‘bundles’ and that adults talk about their participation in adult education as a form of ‘taking control’ of their lives, including ‘choosing how to be old’ and glimpsing ‘fulfillment’. It also suggests that the ways adults talk about these benefits – and their wider biographical learning – can be used to identify a) foci for further national and pan-European analysis of the BeLL data; b) avenues for future research; and c) potentially fruitful theoretical lenses through which we can develop our understanding of the value of this and other interview data.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: adult learning, biogrpahical learning, non-formal, All Adults, Lifelong learning, Community, Lifecourse
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 14:02
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:15
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