Publication Details

Playsted, S. (2020). Mezirow moments: The value of conferences for a mother returning to study. Think Tank: Bulletin of the JALT Mind, Brain, and Education SIG, 6 (4), 11-14.


It's not easy to change career paths, but it is something that teachers often consider after working in one field for many years. This can mean a return to study, but as Adult Education experts have noted, older learners usually face some specific barriers in returning to school that younger learners do not, and sometimes these barriers prevent them from trying. And if you are a mother, like I am, even going to a conference can be difficult. This is my story of the challenges I faced in returning to study, and of the people who helped me to overcome them. I hope it's an encouragement to you if you're facing similar challenges.