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A sudden change of teaching placements forced my return to graduate school at the age of 40. Transformative graduate school learning resulted in the completion of a Ph.D. and earning a tenure track position in teacher education. This essay uses Pinar’s four steps of currere provide a lens to examine the past, look toward the future, take opportunity to look backward to the past while examining the present, and then re-enter the present. Mezirow’s transformative adult learning theory lends guidance for understanding why older adults may be uniquely poised to navigate successfully the complex maze of academia.
Originally published by Brock Education under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada License in Brock Education Journal, 2014, Volume 24, Issue 1.
Adams, Susan R., "Currere, Unexpected Journeys, and Unplanned Destinations in Academia" (2014). Scholarship and Professional Work – Education. 65.