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Selected Bibliography on Returning Adults
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Richardson, John T.E. and Estelle King. “Adult Students in Higher Education: Burden or Boon?” Journal of Higher Education Jan-Feb 1998:65--.
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Shields, Nancy. “The Link Between Student Identity, Attributions, and Self-Esteem Among Adult, Returning Students.” Sociological Perspectives Summer 1995: 261--.
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Smith, Dorace F. A Study of Characteristics that Contribute to Persistence of Adult Commuter Students Who Earn 60 or More Hours of College Credit. Diss. Ball State U, 1999. Ann Arbor, UMI, 1999. 9924372. ProQuest. DePaul U Lib., Chicago, IL. 9 Dec. 2006. http://proquest.com.
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Taylor, Kathleen, Catherine Marienau, and Morris Fiddler. Developing Adult Learners: Strategies for Teachers and Trainers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Selected Bibliography of Useful Sources on Reflective Practice, Portfolio Development, and Prior Learning Assessment from Sonia Feder-Lewis, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, email@example.com
Barrett, H. C. (2007). Researching electronic portfolios and learner engagement: The REFLECT initiative. Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, 50(6), 436–449.
A description of a Canadian electronic portfolio project, written by one of the pioneers and experts in the field.
Brady, E. M. (1990). Redeemed from time: Learning through autobiography. Adult Education Quarterly,41(1), 43–52.
Brown, J. O. (2002). Know thyself: The impact of portfolio development on adult learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 52(3), 228–245.
A very interesting study into the impact of creating a portfolios and of reflection on the learning experience, and on the way students perceive their experience. Posits that the act of reflection deepens and reinforces the learning.
Conrad, D. (2008). Building knowledge through portfolio learning in prior learning assessment and recognition. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 92(2), 139–150.
A great overview of the PLA process and theory behind it.
Geerling, F. &Dirkx, J.M. (2003). Adults learning to reflect: A study of the assessment of private learning. Paper presented at 2003 Midwest Research to Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education.
A study of a religiously affiliated college that had a required course for incoming adult students to explore more affective learning though a required reflective life writing course to empower students and assess their ability to learn and write about how life—not professional—experience has contributed to their knowledge.
Mezierow,J. & Associates. (1990). Fostering critical reflection in adulthood: A guide to transformative and emancipator learning. San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers.
A core text on reflection, in many settings. The core idea that meaningful learning includes reflection. Provides a framework for describing ways of thinking and ways of categorizing the process of reflection.
Michelson, E. (1997). Multicultural approaches to portfolio development. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, (75), 41–53.
Michelson examines the way in which the traditional portfolio system may be inadequate for non-traditional, non-Western learners, and examines the development of Prior Learning Assessments for an aboriginal college in New Zealand, and a First Nations school in Canada. She suggests that alternative ways of knowing create a need for alternative models for exploring learning.
Taylor, M. (2006). Informal adult learning and everyday literacy practices. Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, 49(6), 500–509.
Thomas, A., Collins, M., & Plett, L. (2001). Dimensions of the experience of Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning OISE/UT.
A study in a series of studies in Canada on the experience of PLAR and its effect on students.
Van Kleef, J. (2007). Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education. Journal of Applied Research and Learning, 1(2), Article 5, 1–22.
A theoretical approach to PLA and its implementation.
Wilcox, B.L. (1997). Writing Portfolios: Active vs. Passive. English Journal, 86(6), 34–37.
Short but useful, focusing on the way in which reflection can be incorporated into the process of building a portfolio, and in the ways in which this engagement with one’s work can enhance the learning through the portfolio process.
Yancey, K. B. (2004). Postmodernism, palimpsest, and portfolios: Theoretical issues in the representation of student work. College Composition and Communication, 55(4), 738–761.
Explores how digital portfolios are changing the nature of portfolios and our thinking about the process of reading a portfolio.
Yancey, K.B. & Weiser, I., Eds. (1997). Situating portfolios: Four perspectives. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
A thoughtful collection of essays on portfolios, covering areas of Theory and Power, Pedagogy, Teaching and Professional Development, and Technology. Authors include Peter Elbow, Cynthia Selfe, and Kathleen Blake Yancey.
Zubizarreta, J. (2004a). The learning portfolio: Reflective practice for improving student learning. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.
Both a theoretical discussion of portfolio development and the need for reflective practice, and a handbook of examples for successfully implementing learning portfolios, this is a very readable and thoughtful guide. Zubizarreta provides a strong grounding in why we should use portfolios with students, and then lets us see the many ways to use them effectively.
Zubizarreta, J. (2004b). The learning portfolio: Reflective practice for improving student learning. Available online at http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/eportfolio/documents/LearningPortfolio_000.pdf
This is just a brief PowerPoint presentation, based in large part on the book listed above. Included are useful questions for students, tips for teachers, and a very helpful bibliography.
http://electronicportfolios.org/ Dr. Helen Barrett—all things e-portfolios. Dr. Barrett provides a great number of resources on e-portfolios, and about prior learning.