The influence of early internalized experiences on adult learning groups
Saturday, Janice Morgan
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The purpose of this qualitative case study was to describe an adult learning group from a psychodynamic orientation. Particular attention was paid to the way in which external experiences, both past and present, were internalized by the group members. Connections between present behavior and early internalized experiences were examined and linked to how the adult learner experienced the group. The primary means of data collection were semi-structured individual interviews. Data were analyzed using a holistic analysis. The results of the study revealed that (a) group behavior can be illuminated by recognizing psychological characteristics of individuals and how they combine, (b) groups engage in patterns of behavior that cannot be predicted beforehand but can be observed, identified, and then anticipated and (c) psychodynamic forces can affect learning, increasing the need for group facilitators to be acutely aware of the purpose of groupwork.
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