Context and identity: exploring adult learners' experiences of higher education

  • Askham P
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Abstract

This articles examines a longitudinal case study exploring the experience of a cohort of part-time, adult, work-based learners, mostly experiencing higher education for the first time. The study identified tensions between individual anticipation and anxiety and an institutional tension between positive conceptualisations of a supportive learning community contrasted with manifestations of higher education as an alien environment that actually hampers learning.

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  • Phil Askham

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