Trident University International Faculty Members Publish Research on Adult Learners

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Trident faculty members Dr. George del Hierro and Dr. Timothy Mullen have published research examining the use of appreciative instruction methods in an associate degree program for adult learners.

Appreciate education is a strengths-based teaching approach that leverages the peak performance experiences of students in classroom instruction. This research allowed us to enhance a framework to be used in developing and delivering our programs. - Dr. George del Hierro

Trident University International (Trident) faculty members Dr. George del Hierro and Dr. Timothy Mullen have published research examining the use of appreciative instruction methods in an associate degree program for adult learners.

“Examining the Appreciative Instruction Methods Used by Instructors within an Adult Degree Completion Associate’s Program” appears in Vol. 6 of Journal of Appreciative Education. Co-authoring this research was Dr. Scott Amundsen of Winthrop University.

This paper looks at appreciative instruction methods used by instructors in an all-online Adult Degree Completion Program for Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS). The results of the study revealed key themes of the instructional methods used by instructors within the ASPS program, helping to contribute to the development of a Model for Appreciative Instruction within Adult Degree Completion Programs.

“Appreciate education is a strengths-based teaching approach that leverages the peak performance experiences of students in classroom instruction,” explains Dr. del Hierro. “This research allowed us to enhance a framework to be used in developing and delivering our programs.”

Dr. del Hierro and Dr. Mullen are both Full-time faculty members in Trident’s University College.

Dr. del Hierro joined Trident in 2010, and currently serves as a Full-time Instructor and Course Coordinator. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Trident. He also holds a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

His research interests include student success, person-environment congruence, and andragogy (the method and practice of teaching adult learners).

Dr. Mullen joined Trident in 2013 as Professor of English and Literature. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, a Master of Arts in English Literature from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University Chicago.

His research interests include active learning, psychoanalytic literary criticism, D.H. Lawrence, and the modern British novel.

About Trident University International
Founded in 1998, Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident has nearly 27,000 alumni, of which more than 22,000 have a military affiliation and has received acknowledgements from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit http://www.trident.edu or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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