Master of Arts in Education (MAEd): Five credit degree that includes a one credit thesis.
MEd: Graduate Seminar (.5 credit); Capstone Project (.5 credit)
MAEd: Research Methods (.5 credit); Thesis (1.0 credit)
Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning
I have taught in the MSVU Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning since 1995. I have taught all of the required courses on many occasions, but more recently, I have focused on teaching the core learning theory course (Lifelong Learning Processes) and, a little less frequently, the graduate seminar.
Terms like adult education and lifelong learning mean different things to different people. For specialists in the field of adult education, adulthood is seen a particularly important time for deep learning (learning that engages critically with prior knowledge) and for participating in groups where knowledge is shared and validated. Unlike children who assimilate new information about their natural and social worlds, adults learn mostly by revising prior knowledge. The education of adults works best when it supports processes of active critical reflection. It also works best when it engages adults in collective processes of examining and validating beliefs, including values related to social justice.
The Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning at MSVU enables students to deepen their knowledge of how adults learn. It provides opportunities for students to hone advanced capacities for supporting adult learning and for fostering productive and communicative knowledge-building social contexts.
Current Masters Thesis Students
In her masters thesis research, Ginger is exploring the ways the United Church of Canada has transformed into an open and affirming church inclusive of LGBTQ people. She is currently in the process of analyzing results of interviews she conducted with church leaders (including transgendered participants) to learn more about the collective learning processes that have shaped and reshaped inclusive church norms.
Fred Tilley is in the final stages of his masters thesis research. He is investigating the specific teaching methods that help build the confidence of students and contribute to student success (as determined by the individual student) within a two year community college business program. He is arguing that improved confidence and student success at community college is a significant factor in determining whether that student will continue their post-secondary studies at university.
Recent Masters Thesis Students
In her masters thesis, Elizabeth investigated the ways adult education professors in Canada perceived the relevance of neuroscience research. She presented the results of her research at the 2014 CASAE Annual Conference.