I miss going to school

This semester I chose to take a break from taking my Bachelor’s of Adult Education prompted by a new job and an unknown workload. Sitting here today on this fine Sunday morning I muse that I miss going to school every Saturday. Crazy eh? I most definitely miss my tiny cohort of 6. I also found out that the Professor that is running the current course is in my top two favourites so far. I seems, some days like a double whammy that I am not able to attend. Yesterday one of my classmates even told me that this course is the easiest one thus far. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Don’t tell me that! Oh well…we have to own our choices.

Today I thought I would share with you a journal entry that I made in honour of the last professor I had. She was wonderful and supportive and I thought she was journal entry worthy. She did some amateur acting on the side so I called her our leading lady. This shows you that you can literally make a journal entry for any reason. She reignited my love for learning and discussion and teaching. Thank you Starr!

For this entry I used acrylic paints and stencils to colour the background and then used magazine pictures and words to convey my main thoughts. The writing with my sharpie came after I completed the whole picture. On the last day of class I presented her with a colour photocopy of the page and she was very moved that she had inspired me to make art. Later Starr let me know that I had inspired her to get back to her art as well. Happy!

The Shining Starr 2013
Mixed Media painting by Heather Gailey

 

Holy Art Journaling Batman!

I am on a roll!

In September I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelors Degree in Adult Education at one of the local Universities. It was a thoughtful choice not made lightly, in response to the local employment dilemma of an “employers market”. In an employers market, employers can ask potential candidates for the moon…and they do! They are asking that people who answer phones for a living to have a business admin degree, and because of the competition, they get it. This phenomenon has actually changed the face of Adult Education as we know it.

My Career Counselling Diploma and Teaching and Training Adults certificate is not longer ENOUGH education to work in my field. So falling in line with the new philosophies of “life long learning”, I thought it was in my best interest, while in transition, to get my behind back into a learning environment – tout suite! (what was I thinking!?)

One of the projects of the first semester – Foundations of Adult Education, is to keep a weekly learning Journal. So here’s me thinking…

Why not make it an art journal?…So…I did!

Here are some of the first journal entries I completed. No one said the journal should be boring.Adult Education Learning journal inside cover and first page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

I dubbed my journal “The Art of Reflection”. I think it is very fitting. The Glossary of Terms is something we have to complete each session. We have to write words that come up that we want to capture for future usage.

Adult Education Learning journal #1, 2nd page – Heather Gailey Sept. 2012

Sorry can’t post the adjoining page to this as it is kinda personal. I think you can get the drift about the topic though. I wrote all about the “ins” and “outs” of using “Buzz” words in our daily language. It was the “ah ha” moment for me during the first session. The only thing I don’t like about this spread is that the photocopy of the girl became discoloured when I put water-based varnish over it.

Liberalism – Heather Gailey 2012

This last journal page depicts a philosophy of teaching called liberalism. Instead of writing about it we had to draw it. That of course made me happy, because then I am in my element. Explanation and Information taken from this website

What are some of the main philosophies in the field of Adult Education?

Prepared by Tamar Kagan and Alfred Meidow, OISE/UT

According to Sue M. Scott, there are five main philosophies of Adult Education. The five philosophies are Liberal, Progressive, Behaviourist, Humanist, and Radical.

Liberal (Arts) Adult Education

To develop, stimulate, and discipline the mind through the study of principles and absolutes
To seek knowledge for its own sake in order to gain a ‘well-rounded’ perspective of the world
Learner seeks knowledge over his/her lifetime
Teacher is the expert
Knowledge is transmitted from the teacher (e.g., through lectures)
Teacher challenges students to absorb information and think about it critically
Evaluation takes place through essays, critical analysis, and discussion
Methods used include lectures, reading and critical analysis, question-and-answer, teacher-led discussion, individual study, essay testing, and ‘bell-curve’ grading
Important contributors to this philosophy: Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau, Piaget, Hutchins, Adler, Houle, and Hirsch.

My philosophy of Adult Education is generally Humanist with a bit of Radical and Progressive thrown in for good measure. Here is the explanation from the same site.

Humanistic Adult Education

To enhance personal growth and development
To allow the learner to be involved in knowledge construction and ‘meaning making’
To cultivate the self
Learner is motivated and directs the learning process
Teacher is a mediator who balances the different learning styles and goals of students
Teacher supports the individual in realizing his/her potential
Evaluation takes place by examining the extent to which people learn about themselves in relation to the subject matter
Methods used include experiential learning, discovery learning, open discussion, individual projects, collaborative learning, independent study, self-assessment, popular education, personal growth and development programs, and assertiveness training
Important contributors to this philosophy: Rogers, Maslow, Knowles, Tough, Mezirow, Stanage

Ok…enough pontificating and picture loading for one evening…have to go and hem some pants for work tomorrow. Nite nite!