Adults' resistance to learn in school versus adults' competences in work: the case of mathematics

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Adults' resistance to learn in school versus adults' competences in work: the case of mathematics
Author(s) Wedege, Tine ; Evans, Jeff
Date 2006
English abstract
In adult education, resistance to learning is a well known phenomenon. There is an apparent contradiction between many adults' problematical relationships with mathematics in formal settings and their noteworthy "mathematics-containing" competences in everyday life. However, there is very little research done on the subject, and resistance is often explained purely as a lack of motivation and the symptom described as non-learning. In order to investigate adults' resistance to learning, we must take into account the set of conflicts between the needs and constraints in adults' lives. In this paper people's resistance is seen as interrelated with their motivation and their competence and thus as containing the potential to be a crucial factor in all types of learning.
Link http://www.alm-online.net/images/ALM/journals/almij_volume1_2_feb2006.pdf (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Adults Learning Mathematics: an International Journal;2
Pages 1, 28-43
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::MATHEMATICS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8708 (link to this page)

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