Alison Bowe Chair, Access to Career & Academic Programs, Math Instructor
BSc Eng, MSc Eng, P Eng
Alison’s passion for the transformational potential of adult education led her to collaborate with Jill Auchinachie (recently retired) on a longitudinal research project. A longitudinal study was necessary to develop an understanding and analysis of adult upgrading pathways, which are by nature complex and long-term processes. Alison and Jill are working to develop a detailed understanding of the goals and motivations of upgrading students, to understand the steps that brought them to the college to enrol in upgrading courses, and to learn about their experiences during and after enrolment.
In the fall of 2017, they released the Complex Pathways in Adult Education report,which summarizes data from Interviews 1-3. Over five annual interviews, adult upgrading students reflected on and discussed their complex pathways through education, employment, and other areas distinguished by participants. Future research will include findings from all interviews.
Alison and Jill are grateful to the adult upgrading students who took part in this research. They generously gave their time to participate in the annual interviews and to share vital information and insights about their lives and experiences as learners.