Master of Adult Education
@ St. Francis Xavier University. 🎓
When I began the Master of Adult Education (M.Ad.Ed.) program offered at St. Francis Xavier University I did not understand exactly what I was getting myself into. Knowing that I wanted an academic program that would challenge me in ways I had yet to experience in life, I had hoped that this program would be an opportunity to do just that while providing me with a credential to support professional growth and advancement. Beginning my journey in the winter of 2017, as part of the recently revamped 3-year cohort model, I found myself stretched in many ways throughout the program.
Elements of myself as a practitioner, educator, and professional that I formed or further developed while in the M.Ad.Ed. program include: an appreciation of the philosophical understandings I have of the world in which I live; language to articulate the epistemological views I hold; a greater understanding of self, formed through critical reflection; and a growth of knowledge in the areas of: informal learning, community development, leadership, and place. As one of the most rewarding and purposeful endeavours I have participated in to-date, working towards the completion of the M.Ad.Ed. credential was challenging but wholly worthwhile.
My Academic Work
In an attempt craft the strongest work I am capable of, both in professional practice and in academics, I often look to the work from those who have come before me to to identify what elements are present in the highest quality work. As I worked through each section of this academic program I often found myself seeking out examples from previous students of what a final submission might look like in each step of the process.
To support students that come after me, and in-line with the auto-ethnography I completed, I decided to make public all of my submissions for the M.Ad.Ed. program. Believing that personal experiences, including my own, are often representative of a larger group experience, my aim is to provide examples of work completed as part of the M.Ad.Ed. to aid future students as they complete their program.
Below I offer all of the documents I submitted during my M.Ad.Ed program—these are provided as submitted, without advisor feedback or corrections integrated (unless otherwise noted), and for reference only.
Although I have chosen to not include the grades received for individual academic components I am willing to share that I am a 85%+/A+/4.0 student. All submissions below reflect this level of academic achievement.
No part of any document found below can be used in works by other scholars without the appropriate citations/references made, or individual permissions granted by me.
The following documents were submitted to St.FX along with the required forms as an application for acceptance into the M.Ad.Ed. program:
- Statement of Purpose
- Curriculum Vitae (January 20, 2017)
- Missing: Reference Letters (confidential)
All major work completed while in on-campus in Antigonish, Nova Scotia during the Winter of 2017 for the mandatory Foundations Institute:
- In-Class Presentation on Non-formal Learning
- Final Submission
- learning plan,
- critical annotations, and
- review of history of adult education
My portfolio was much larger than it should have been. This was the most difficult part of this program for me.
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As the portion of this program that I felt was most daunting going into it became the most thoroughly enjoyable part of the process for myself.
Not included below is the incremental work completed on a weekly basis as part of the online Moodle title, Learning to Love Research. Additionally, as my research didn’t require ethics approval there is no Research Ethics Board (REB) documentation included.
- Learning to Love Research Moodle
- Research Project
AE530–Reflective Learning Evaluation
Rather than completing a more creative product for my final project, I selected to take a more traditional route and wrote a 25-page reflective account of the learning i experienced over the 3-year program period.
AE601–Synthesizing Oral Examination
The final requirement of my program was a synthesizing oral exam in front of my advisor, an external reviewer, and my peers. In addition to the presentation, and Q&A period, I was required to submit a slide deck.
While I successfully completed all of the work that this program required, and did not opt to compile a formal thesis from my efforts, I found myself wanting to extend my learning and engagement with my research. The following reflects work completed post-program which connects to my Master of Adult Education research efforts.
- Thesis—While not formally recognized as a thesis, I complied my literature and research project into a single volume, with some additional text added. I wanted a single representation of my academic work that I could share with others, and something I could print a copy of for myself as a reminder of the 3-years worth of work I invested.