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Don Hofford, Newman University

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The intentional adult learner is intellectually and emotionally in a perpetual “act of seeking.” The search is for purpose, meaning, humanistic dialogue, self-awareness, creative adventure, and life-affirming experiences. This act of seeking makes the on-going, existential life journey an educational commitment; a continuing involvement with both abstract ideas and concrete reality. Age dims the eyes, not visionary possibilities; slows the reflexes, not the reflective skill that helps define the person as a thinking, questioning, questing being.

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The Adult Learner’s Quest: W.E.B. Du Bois As Vicarious Mentor

The intentional adult learner is intellectually and emotionally in a perpetual “act of seeking.” The search is for purpose, meaning, humanistic dialogue, self-awareness, creative adventure, and life-affirming experiences. This act of seeking makes the on-going, existential life journey an educational commitment; a continuing involvement with both abstract ideas and concrete reality. Age dims the eyes, not visionary possibilities; slows the reflexes, not the reflective skill that helps define the person as a thinking, questioning, questing being.