Introduction The content of this essay lies in my learning history and how various factors has aided and influenced my decisions in this regard as a child certain influences from those around me has influenced my education life that has led to my adult education program. Just as social learning theory postulated, where influences from around us tend to impact on how we learn. According to Bandura (1977) Human behaviors are known to reciprocate interaction from their cognitive features and those environmental factors that influences them. In this vain, the human learning process has added to the conformation to social changes and it enables human actions and social activities to continue.
In this case, Stone (1998), says the behaviouarlism is a key factor of the social learning theory. This goes to include a collection of psychological theories that go to proffer explanation to the reason individuals and animals carry out certain behavior. In this regard, this essay looks utilizes some education theories in explaining my learning history. These theories include feminist perspective theory, social learning theory, Cognition theory and conflict theory. This essay also discusses my choice to return to adult education and why this decision is taken this time of my life.
I also explained the societal and globalization have affected my learning history. My learning history and experienceMy learning experience took place in extremely two different environments. I did my primary, high school and first-degree education in Saudi Arabia, and now am doing my masters programme in Australia. The Saudi and Australian educational system is really miles apart in terms of administration and teaching. Saudi is not a native English speaking countries, and there is a limitation in regards to female education.
As a core Muslim country, Saudi places premium education of the male child ahead of their female counterparts. It then really depends on the parents of the female child for how far a female child would go educational wise. The unbalance and inequality of female child to education in Saudi has to some extend affected how they compete and strive to excel educational wise with their male counterparts. Saudi Arabia a Middle East country is mainly an Islamic state where their learning and reading is mostly carried out in Arabic language and curriculum.
There are many expatriate teachers in Saudi Arabia. Since English language is not widely spoken, there is little percentage of people in this Arabian country that can adequately communicate in English. According to Joy (1985) cited in McKay & McKay (1992 pg 10), “the biggest problem and challenge facing expatriates teachers who lecture language (such as English) in Saudi Arabia is the general lack of literacy among the people”. In a bid to transact adequate business in the international market, most Saudi Arabia companies encourage some of their staff both morally and financially to study English Language.
“Since Saudi Arabia has a fairly high illiteracy rate, and since some students there are paid by their employers to acquire reading skills in English” (McKay & McKay 1992 pg 110). Expatriate language teachers most times have good jobs practicing their profession. There are large proportions of expatriate teachers in Saudi Arabia. “in Saudi Arabia one-third of their language teachers were Americans, one-third British, and one-third Saudi Arabians” (Joy 1985, pg 28, cited in McKay & McKay 1992 pg 110).