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Pages: 927-933
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.1219

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN BLENDED ADULT EDUCATION. EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS AND PROGRAM COORDINATORS

Learning communities have been proposed as an interesting approach in adult education. Especially in blended learning environments, it is important that learners feel embedded in a group. It is suggested that embedment may have a positive impact on persistence.

In this study the expectations of adult learners and program coordinators regarding the creation of learning communities at the program level are scrutinized. Starting from the Community of Inquiry model and evidence from literature concerning social presence and immediacy behavior three intervention scenarios were elaborated. By means of six semi-structured interviews with dyads of adult learners and program coordinators of Adult Education Centers in Flanders, these scenarios were systematically assessed using Kano matrices.

The thematic analyses reveal five major themes affecting learners’ and program coordinators’ attitude towards learning communities. Some of the emerging themes were previously not addressed in literature. Academic utility is identified as decisive factor for acceptance. The findings contribute to our understanding of the acceptance of learning communities and suggest a set of practical recommendations.
@InProceedings{VANTWEMBEKE2018LEA,
author = {Van Twembeke, E. and De Grez, L. and Elen, J. and Goeman, K.},
title = {LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN BLENDED ADULT EDUCATION. EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS AND PROGRAM COORDINATORS},
series = {11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-05948-5},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2018.1219},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2018.1219},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {12-14 November, 2018},
year = {2018},
pages = {927-933}}
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AU - E. Van Twembeke AU - L. De Grez AU - J. Elen AU - K. Goeman
TI - LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN BLENDED ADULT EDUCATION. EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS AND PROGRAM COORDINATORS
SN - 978-84-09-05948-5/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2018.1219
PY - 2018
Y1 - 12-14 November, 2018
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2018 Proceedings
SP - 927
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E. Van Twembeke, L. De Grez, J. Elen, K. Goeman (2018) LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN BLENDED ADULT EDUCATION. EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS AND PROGRAM COORDINATORS, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 927-933.
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