Date of Graduation
Doctor of Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development (EdD)
Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders
Second Committee Member
Kenda S. Grover
Adult development, Generativity, Life stories, Lifelong learning, Portraiture, Transformative learning
This qualitative narrative case study uses the Social science portraiture approach to explore how the learning experiences of a retired manufacturing manager have influenced his identity and his choice of an encore career in education. Hal B. is a retired manufacturing manager in his 70s who is now an instructor of leadership, management, and process improvement for working adults in a mid-south regional university. The portraiture approach to Hal's experience of a second career as an educator exemplifies the ways in which generativity, a person's need to care for and prepare future generations (Erikson, 1980), and storytelling are factors that help shape personal identity and lead to transformative learning. Hal's life story exemplifies the way in which adult learners reinvent themselves through reflection and transformative learning experiences. Findings of the study include significant tension between education and experience, the importance of experiencing the generative action of others, the ways in which generativity influences learning, the function of storytelling as a means of reflection and transformative learning, and the benefits of encore careers for institutions of higher education.
Voelkel, Margaret Ann, "Portrait of Hal: A Narrative Case Study that Illuminates the Transformative Influence of Generativity and Life Stories on the Legacy of an Adult Educator/Learner" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 177.