Learning from life experience: What makes it significant?

  title={Learning from life experience: What makes it significant?},
  author={Sharan B. Merriam and M. Carolyn Clark},
  journal={International Journal of Lifelong Education},
  • S. Merriam, M. Clark
  • Published 1 April 1993
  • Education
  • International Journal of Lifelong Education
While several have written about the connection between life experience and learning, there is little in the literature that explicitly deals with how a particular life experience can become a significant learning experience for one person, but not another. This qualitative study examines the underlying structure of the significance of life‐experience learning. Open‐ended responses to a question about one's significant learning experiences were collected from 405 adults. In addition, 19… 
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