Lifelong Learning

A Higher Order of Consciousness and a Construct for Faculty Development

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Learning is an element of human personal and professional development that occurs throughout life in a variety of informal and formal contexts. Meaning making, a process in which people construct the meaning of events and experiences that are part of and shape our existence, represents an informal context of learning in that thinking and reflection is all that is required to accomplish this type of learning. Our meaning making equates to informal learning that develops through a lens in which we create the meaning of our experiences. Informal adult education, or casual opportunities to learn in adult life, is represented by the flexibility of the process, the experiential nature of the learning process, and the enthusiasm and dedication of the participants. Lifelong learning is an overarching experience that involves formal educational experiences. Lifelong learning is motivated internally, including the ability to establish favorable change in one's career trajectory. As such, it can be argued that lifelong learners ascribe to a higher order of consciousness, specifically, self-authoring or self-transforming minds. The support, stimulation, and encouragement of lifelong learning, therefore, represents a construct for effective faculty development in graduate medical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1967.e1-1967.e8
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume77
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Consciousness
Learning
Graduate Medical Education
Problem-Based Learning
Aptitude
Anniversaries and Special Events
Lenses
Education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Lifelong Learning : A Higher Order of Consciousness and a Construct for Faculty Development. / Carlson, Eric.

In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. 77, No. 10, 01.10.2019, p. 1967.e1-1967.e8.

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