Traditional Narratives of Higher Education Cultural Tensions and Ethical Considerations in Adult Learning

Maryann Krikorian
2020 Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis  
This article pairs critical and contemplative inquiry with autoethnography as a theoretical and methodological approach to uncover Western assumptions in higher education and its impact on adult learning. My desire to provide a counter narrative to Western tradition brought me to theory as a means to understand and deconstruct my academic experience as a first-generation, working-class, multiracial, woman, and the first in my family to speak English as a first language. In this article, an
more » ... thnographic approach is used to self-reflexively explore my lived experience to problematize traditional narratives in current mainstream higher education. With the support of holistic human development and learning theories, I advocate for more integrative approaches to higher education. A contemplative model of higher education is shared, supporting meaningful forms of adult learning via compassion/self-compassion, active listening, and mindfulness practices. With a contemplative lens, educators may integrate diverse meaning-making opportunities to enrich the daily lives of all adult learners, emphasizing higher education as a practice of freedom.
doi:10.31274/jctp.9744 fatcat:mrkvph7gdzbpfpsqz6dcgkttp4