Journal of Appreciative Education

Examining the Appreciative Instruction Methods Used by Instructors within an Adult Degree Completion Associate’s Program

Scott Amundsen, George del Hierro, Timothy Mullen

Abstract


This study examines the appreciative instruction methods used by instructors within an online Adult Degree Completion Associates degree program. The researchers conducted a qualitative study that assesses the appreciative instruction methods used by instructors of the Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS) program. The ASPS program is designed to apply students’ past achievements and peak performance learning moments toward degree attainment. The results of the study revealed key themes of the instructional methods used by instructors within the ASPS program which contributed to the development of a Model for Appreciative Instruction within Adult Degree Completion Programs. The study has implications on the faculty and program development frameworks that are used within Adult Degree Completion Programs.


Keywords


appreciative education, degree-completion, adult learners

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ISSN: 2165-5421