Exploring Experiences of Non-traditional Adult Learners in Part-Time Doctoral Programs (73841)

Session Information: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Session Chair: Pulane Molomo

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:25
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This research study aims to investigate the experiences of non-traditional adult learners enrolled in part-time doctoral programs, with a specific focus on professional doctoral students in the Republic of Korea. As the demand for upskilling, reskilling, and retraining grows in the era of digital transformation, an increasing number of adults are seeking doctoral education to develop insights into unprecedented complexity. However, little is known about how these middle-aged doctoral students navigate their school life while managing work and home responsibilities. This study utilizes qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews with twenty-five professional adult learners enrolled in a part-time management doctoral program, conducted between February and July 2023. Thematic analysis is employed to explore the participants' needs, desires, difficulties, and aspirations. By understanding their experiences, challenges, and insights, this research aims to contribute to the existing literature on adult learning, specifically focusing on non-traditional and professional doctoral students. The findings of this study will inform the design of educational interventions and support systems tailored to meet the unique needs of professional adult learners pursuing part-time doctoral programs.

Jinhee Choi, aSSIST University, South Korea

About the Presenter(s)
Jinhee Choi, Ph.D.,is an assistant professor at aSSIST University, having earned her PhD in Lifelong Learning
and Adult Education at The Pennsylvania State University.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00