Learning: The Experiences of Adults Who Work Full-Time While Attending Graduate School Part-Time

Bridget N. O’Connor, Robert Cordova

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The experiences of students who are working full-time and going to graduate school part-time were the focus of this phenomenological investigation. Data analysis showed that these individuals, who reported high job involvement and strong career planning, were often stymied when they attempted to apply new ideas to the workplace. Those with strong social and family support reported feeling less stress than did those who did not, and preferred learning experiences in which they were active learners. Results from this exploratory study show that when individual characteristics, the academic environment, and the workplace environment are in alignment, individuals are most supported in becoming all they can be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Education for Business
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 13 2010



  • adult learning
  • professional graduate education
  • student experiences
  • transfer of learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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