Formal, non-formal and informal learning all fall under the concept of lifelong learning. These refer to different contexts, processes and outcomes of learning. TV-watching, for instance, can be a learning context promoting both transformative learning and identity development. Many adults were enthusiastic about watching the Norwegian TV youth series “Skam” (Shame), which was originally intended for youths between the ages of 15 to 16. We found it interesting that adults watched the series and wanted to find out what and how adults can learn from watching an entertainment program on TV, through a qualitative study. Seven adult informants aged between 30 and 55 years participated in the study. All of them watched the first seasons of “Skam” on TV. The analysis is structured around Illeris’ three-dimensional learning model. When adults watch something recognizable and emotionally engaging on TV, they can learn because their interest and motivation increases. The increased insight and awareness in form of a transformative learning process can lead to both identity development and attitudinal changes in adults. The best learning outcomes for adults appear through communication and reflection with others about what they have seen.
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