Possible Selves and Adult Learning - Perspectives and Potential

ISBN-10: 0470183292

ISBN-13: 9780470183298

Edition: 2007

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This issue introduces practitioners, scholars and students to the construct of possible selves and its potential applications in the field of adult education. The possible selves construct offers a useful and largely unexplored framework for understanding adult learning as the medium through which change, growth and goal achievement occur. The chapters in this volume outline in practical terms the research-based applications of possible selves that have relevance fo adult educators. Introduced by Hazel Markus and Paula Nurius in 1986, possible selves refer to the future-oriented components of an individual's self-concept; they are imagined future selves, including the selves that are ideal and hoped for. In the past twenty years, a substantial body of research has explored the connections between possible selves and life span development, race and gender, career development, and academic achievement. As a result, a variety of possible selves approaches has been applied in fields of practice corresponding to adult education, although the construct remains relative unknown in adult education itself. This is the 114th issue of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Editor's Notes
Possible Selves: An Adult Education Perspective
Future Time Perspective, Possible Selves, and Academic Achievement
Lost and Found Possible Selves: Goals, Development, and Well-Being
Reaching for the Future: The Education-Focused Possible Selves of Low-Income Mothers
Gender and Possible Selves
Possible Selves and Career Transition: It's Who You Want to Be, Not What You Want to Do
Mentoring Adult Learners: Realizing Possible Selves
Possible Selves in Adult Education
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