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Fieldwork supervisors as adult educators in geriatric and gerontological settings


Fieldwork supervisors as adult educators in geriatric and gerontological settings

LeBrun, Margaret (1993) Fieldwork supervisors as adult educators in geriatric and gerontological settings. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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An increasing large population of elders living to four score years and more has prompted a call for educational institutions to prepare more professionals and paraprofessionals to work with elders. This study investigated adult education processes in fieldwork supervision in geriatric and gerontological settings in the Montreal Island area. A two-part questionnaire formed the first step of a triangulation research methodology. Forty fieldwork supervisors responded whose group scores supported a collaborative teaching-learning mode as conceptualized by Gary J. Conti's central principles of adult learning. From the forty respondents, four supervisors working in a variety of agencies serving elders were selected for deeper inquiry through interviews and observations, forming the second and third triangulation steps. The interview and observation findings showed additional support for a collaborative mode of teaching-learning. An incongruency between the survey results and the interview and observation findings was linked to emergent contextual fieldwork factors associated with experiential learning. Two other emergent factors were examined as a function of adult education occurring outside traditional classrooms. In this study fieldwork settings were a significant variable in determining the transactive nature of teaching and learning. Future research of adult education processes is recommended for other professional fieldwork settings

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:LeBrun, Margaret
Pagination:ix, 203 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Heft, Riva
ID Code:3273
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 19:26
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:21
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