The first article, written by Richard Edwards and Robin Usher (1994), changed my opinion regarding the understanding of the concept of competence. For now, I clearly define it as an ability to use professional skills in the specific environment. A knowledge-based tradition is clearly traced in the article, which is why I paid attention to this constraint. I am strongly convinced that knowledge is the main factor that creates a foundation for any educator. That is why it is especially interesting to investigate any other potential ways of implementing the knowledge-based approach in a regular practice of adult educators and teachers. The second article is written by Jill Blackmore (1992). My gender perspective in education and skills were limited to borderlines of general knowledge, but this article gave a new perspective, since gender aspect can be traced not in skills themselves, but in ways of their development. The article deploys historical and analytical approaches to retrieve the findings, so that I find this article particularly helpful. Investigation on the basis of past experience and lessons learned is the best way to achieve a new level of educator competence. Consequently, I am particularly interested in the ways of a more profound consideration of gender perspective in adult education and formation of professional skills. The next article is written by Nancy Jackson (1994), and it presents a new vision of clerical, professional skills, so that my opinion was respectively changed in that regard. The article is devoted to a general tradition of competency-based training, which is relevant to adult education in Australia in many ways. That is why, I consider this topic to be crucial for any educator in Australia. Hence, I am interested in researching and design of strategies aimed at a better promotion of competency-based training programs for clerical professions in Australia. The fourth article is also written by Nancy Jackson (1994), and it describes the unique approach towards reform in the curriculum for adult education and vocational training. The article reflects circumstances of contemporary adult education, which were already apparent to me. However, a traceable tradition of competency-based training reflects my personal positioning as an educator, once I consider competence-based learning as one of the most effective ways to address the scope of contemporary professional and vocational education. Therefore, exploration of possible areas of a better deployment of CBT and reforming of VET in Australia are my professional interests. The next reading is presented by Malcom Knowles (1984), who depicts a social perspective as an indispensable part of adult education. I share such an opinion, once education is always placed in a particular social environment and is respectively expected to address a certain social context. The sociological approach clearly reflects one of my visions on contemporary educating practice, which is why this reading was indeed useful for my professional knowledge. Nevertheless, the reading left one questions unanswered: What are potential outcomes of adult education in the society of the future? Thus, I would like to know more about this issue. The sixth article is written by Stephen Brookfield (1993). The article provides a culture-based insight on self-directed learning. The works of this author have already formulated my basic opinion on self-directed learning, but its cultural perspective suggests that self-directed learning should be fostered on the level of habits and perceptions. Culture is a way of interpretation of the objective reality by human-being, so that socio-cultural approach to investigation of the issue is quite appropriate. The article mentions some political and policy-making implications, and this aspect is particularly interesting in relation to a presence of political agenda in education policy-making. The next reading, written by Knowles, Holton, and Swanson (1998), also gives an account of self-directed learning in terms of adult education. The findings described in the article were apparent to me, so that I would not say that this reading changed my opinion. The solution-focused approach, however, is worth mentioning, as long as I consider such teaching tradition to be one of the most essential approaches to learning, especially in terms of adult education. Therefore, it would be quite interesting to investigate this aspect in regards to its applicability to the Australian educational environment for professional learning and vocational training. The eighth reading is presented by Peter Jarvis (1987). I always demonstrate my support towards new approaches in education, as I strongly believe that requirements to education respectively change with the changes of socio-cultural tendencies. That is why the article uses the retrospective approach in order to study the past experience. As I have already mentioned, I consider such framework as effective way to gain the best practice within the field of the subject. Hence, my interest is not limited to the findings of this article, as long as implications of new approaches to adult education are unknown yet, and their investigation is worth further efforts. By the same token, Deborah Kilgore (2004) describes her experience in postmodern pedagogy from the perspective of sociology. Again, this view of contemporary education is quite appropriate, and the article broadened my view of the social perspective of pedagogy. In fact, social roles of an educator and students are preexistent and hardly amendable, but their transformation in a more flexible way may bring effective outcomes. Once a socio-cultural tradition is so easily traceable, it is appropriate to note that applicability of these findings is described in terms of the American adult education. Consequently, it would be useful to identify the implications in the Australian context. The article by Clemans, Newton, Guevara, and Thompson (1989) provides an account on empirical view of lifelong learning for Australian adult education. I share an opinion that education should be approached empirically, so that the findings of the article contributed to my professional knowledge and awareness of educational environments in Australia. Moreover, lifelong learning tradition is also relevant to my educational standpoint, which is why I find this article extremely useful. I also would like to distinguish whether any framework for facilitation of lifelong learning in Australian adult education is present, as the suggested findings are sufficient for the development of a specific concept model. The reading by Ellsworth (1989) describes a new view of critic pedagogy, and it did not change my opinion considerably owing to the fact that I consider reflective learning and self-regulation to be the best measuring instruments for a personal success of adult students. In spite of the fact that the paper suggests a new approach, I am still devoted to a traditional vision of critical pedagogy. The article contains an analytical discussion of the issues, but it still leaves a doubt whether it is a credible approach. That is why the reading by Stephan Billett (2010) is much more applicable to my personal vision of adult education, since the article suggests a subjective approach. A student is expected to assess personal outcomes on their own, and I regard such method as the most effective one owing to multiple reasons. Moreover, consideration of the psychological aspect is a reasonable educational tradition, once psyche relates directly to cognitive processes. The article describes a subject of self-education in a profound way, but the aspect of self-assessment is insufficiently addressed. That is why investigation of specific ways of personal reflective assessment of adult students are also a distinct interest for my further professional growth. The reading by Jerome Eneau (2008) presents a personal perspective on self-directed learning. This view provided a new vision for the French educational envrionment, so that foreign experience was new knowledge for me. The article uses analytical tradition, and for that reason, the article is especially valuable for my professional knowledge. I consider such type of articles to be useful, as retrieval of lessons learned is especially important. Therefore, I am filling to investigate the related aspect of self-directed learning in the Australian context. All in all, widening of my professional view is pivotal even though the reading may not have any empirical implications. The article written by Peter Mayo (1995) discusses a different perspective of Paulo Freire’s view on pedagogical sociology. The article changed my opinion towards traditional perceptions of sociology in pedagogics, once educational environments still imply social oppression. This concept is particularly interesting, and it changes my pedagogic mindset towards more flexible and liberal approaches. The article represents a tradition of retrospective analysis, once Freire’s model is reconsidered in accordance with contemporary trends. A further study of this issue is possible, and I would like to investigate in the applicability of reconsidered Freire’s concept to the Australian reality. That is why I paid particular attention to the article by Kathryn Choules (2007), which provides an account of various Western educational contexts of Freire’s pedagogic concept. This direction of Freire’s concept studies is especially useful for me, as I am searching for such sort of researches. A comparative approach is essential in such cases, and I find this article useful for my further interest in Freire’s pedagogics. A need for investigating applicability of this concept to the Australian circumstances, however, is still unaddressed. Hence, the same interest of further research is present. About the Author: Jimmy Ruiz is an editor at https://best-essays-sites.com. He has a master’s degree in psychology and more than seven years’ experience as a writer and editor. Jimmy is primarily focused on writing about self-improvement.