But You’re Not a Teacher: Bridging the Divide Between Adult and Teacher Education


  • Shauna Butterwick University of British Columbia


adult learning, autobiogrpahical essay, professional identity


In this autobiographical essay, I discuss my role as an adult educator teaching in a teacher education program. I begin with an outline of my serendipitous pathway into the field of adult education, noting some moments in that journey that continue to inform my orientation to adult and lifelong learning. I then offer some reflections of my experiences teaching courses in a teacher education program, including moments of connection as well as disconnection.

Author Biography

Shauna Butterwick, University of British Columbia

Shauna Butterwick is an Associate Professor in the Adult Learning and Education Program in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.


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How to Cite

Butterwick, S. (2014). But You’re Not a Teacher: Bridging the Divide Between Adult and Teacher Education. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 26(2 SI), 59–66. Retrieved from https://cjsae.library.dal.ca/index.php/cjsae/article/view/3026

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