Lived Experience of University Continuing Education Leaders
AbstractThis article is based on a study that explored the professional lives of eight leaders of continuing education in Canadian universities, with a focus on their administrative role, to provide a deeper understanding of how they live within their practice (lived experience). A practical listing of 56 horizons of experience was identified, useful as an evolving checklist for university continuing education units and as a self reflection tool for current and future continuing education administrators and leaders. The study provides insight for those considering leadership positions and for those interested in understanding the complexities of the role of leader. On a philosophical level, six essences of lived experience were revealed: responsibility, balance, connectedness, impact, voice, and passion. The experience of leadership through individuals who experience the phenomena provides critical understanding of the realities of practice.
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