Data Collection and Interpretation in Adult Learning Research: Written Narrative and the Overlay Principle

By Adrienne Kay Redpath.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper relates aspects of the research approach to data collection and interpretation adopted in a situation where the participants were professional adult women, keenly aware of the learning environment in which they achieved their qualifications. Their contributions to the body of knowledge thus generated, by written narrative, reflected an innovative use of electronic media and the associated methods of interpretation and analysis via the Overlay Principle.

Keywords: Professional Women, Interview Techniques, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Written Narrative, Overlay Principle, Email Communication

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp.61-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.093MB).

Dr. Adrienne Kay Redpath

Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

My early, happy childhood in "the bush" of New South Wales, Australia,where my parents instilled in me a love of learning, preceded formal education in Sydney and a very full life of teaching, marriage, children and university studies. In addition, many years were spent in business, prompting achievement of accountancy qualifications combined with the teaching of law subjects to tertiary students. With a Bachelor of Education, a Masters Honours in Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy, my major interests continue along the path of academic expression combined with business and travel.

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