Machin, HE (2017) A bone of contention: reflections on the experiences of mature learners in social work education. Journal of Academic Development and Education (8). ISSN 2051-3593

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Research has found that mature, female social work learners often face barriers to achievement in higher education due to the demands of managing practice placements and classroom learning around caring responsibilities (Lister, 2003). This paper, originally submitted as part of an MA programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, reflects on a critical incident that occurred during my teaching practice with a group of social work undergraduate students. By reflecting on the incident and Knowles’ (1968) theory of andragogy which informed my response, this article explores the experiences of mature female learners in social work education. A discussion of the extent to which I addressed the needs of the learners and an exploration of my failings form the basis of a reflection on how to meet the needs of mature female learners with caring responsibilities in social work education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Deposited by permission of the Editor.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mature learners, care, social work, education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 01:30

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