Attending Graduate School in Adult Education and the Impact on Teaching Beliefs: A Longitudinal Study

Edward W. Taylor

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This qualitative longitudinal study explores the impact of graduate school in adult education on practicing adult educators’ beliefs about teaching. A group of practicing adult educators from several master's programs was interviewed, accompanied by an auto-photography activity, as they entered and neared completion 2 years later. Findings reveal that graduate school had only minimal impact on the teaching beliefs of participants. The majority of participants maintained significant aspects of both a teacher-centered view of teaching and a student-centered view. The only change in belief that began to emerge was a growing recognition of the importance of engaging student experience in practice. Implications for graduate school are identified and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-367
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Transformative Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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