Abstract

This paper describes adult learners' lived experiences as participants in world affairs educational programs; how they make meaning of content and delivery; and how past experience, culture, and meaning making affect program choice. Findings suggest that looking at individuals’ past and present experiences provide insight into participants’ cultural lenses.

Keywords

cultural meaning making, world affairs, diversity development

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World Affairs Education: Past Experience, Culture, and Meaning Making

This paper describes adult learners' lived experiences as participants in world affairs educational programs; how they make meaning of content and delivery; and how past experience, culture, and meaning making affect program choice. Findings suggest that looking at individuals’ past and present experiences provide insight into participants’ cultural lenses.