June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
Life-span career educational needs of professional working adult learners are premised on a self-perspective that is multi-faceted. At the lowest level are underlying foundational needs of motivation; this given there is an expected and desired outcome from an applied level of effort. As careers progress, there is an acute awareness of the remaining opportunities available for professional pursuit; this frequently is referred to as having “a short runway”, and, is the underlying basis for pursuing educational opportunities correspondingly aligned.
Aside from the many fleeting opportunities attendant to an aged career, there are numerous life phase motivators, as well as those attendant to biological, psychological and cognitive changes that have a direct impact on desire and/or willingness to exert energies toward educational pursuits.
Ageing Slows Consumption Patterns - as we chronologically age, we have very predictable patterns of spending. These patterns of spending are directly linked to what have been coined gerontological life phases. When we refer to gerontological phases we are referring to the scientific study of human development. The scientific study of human development is the science that seeks to understand how and why people change, and how and why they remain the same, as they grow older.
Career Opportunities and the short runway - much has been written about the shortfall of skilled workers due to the ageing population. Many have written about the average retirement age for men and women in the United States. More recently, there have been articles on life expectancy of working men and women with college education in non-physical jobs extending past the average life expectancy stated in actuarial tables. This paper frames the learner’s perspective and subsequent educational needs, and value add of administrative organizations in meeting the needs of professional working adult learners as they transition through their career life-spans.
Springer, M. L., & Schuver, M. T. (2017, June), Educational Support through the Career Life-Span of Professional Working Adult Learners: An Integrative Theoretical and Experiential Reflection from the Learner’s Perspective Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28199
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