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Learning in Adulthood
"For this third edition of Learning in Adulthoodwe have paid particular attention to work published since the last edition of the book. This third edition of Learning in Adulthood builds on material in the 1999 edition, bringing together the important contributions of the past decade to our understanding of adult learning. While we have preserved important foundational material (such as a discussion of andragogy), we have also brought to bear the most recent thinking and research. We have strived to put together a comprehensive overview and synthesis of what we know about adult learning: the context in which it takes place, who the participants are, what they learn and why, the nature of the learning process itself, new approaches to adult learning, the development of theory in adult learning, and other issues relevant to understanding adult learning."
—From the Preface
Previous praise for Learning in Adulthood
"An essential volume in adult education."
"This book is extremely useful in that it provides an informed overview of issues related to adult learning. It is very readable, yet packs considerable challenge for the more experienced adult educator."
—Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education
"Learning in Adulthood's greatest strengths are its coverage of the learning context, theory-building within adult learning, and how social and ethical issues offer special challenges to adult learning. It will be useful to both experienced and novice continuing educators, as well as laypersons."
—Continuing Higher Education Review
Since it was first published in 1991, Learning in Adulthood has been lauded as the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to adult learning. The revised and expanded third edition reflects the latest research and practice in adult learning, making it an essential resource for the field.
In this updated landmark book, the authors have gathered the seminal work and most current thinking on adult learning into one volume. Learning in Adulthood addresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How does aging affect learning ability?
Drawing from a background of work in sociology, philosophy, and critical social theory as well as psychology and education, the authors construct an inclusive perspective on adult learning, guiding readers toward new ways of thinking about teaching, learning, and the broader social implications of adult education.
In this updated landmark book, the authors have gathered the seminal work and most current thinking on adult learning into one volume. Learning in Adulthoodaddresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How does aging affect learning ability?
About the Author
SHARAN B. MERRIAM is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia, Athens. Her research and writing focus on the foundations of the adult education field, on adult development and learning, and on qualitative research methods. An acclaimed scholar in her field, she has served as author, coauthor, or editor of seventeen books and was coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly for five years. ROSEMARY S. CAFFARELLA is a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. A preeminent authority on adult learning and development, training, and program development, Caffarella is author or coauthor of five books on adult and continuing education.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: ADULT LEARNING IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY.
1 The Social Context of Adult Learning.
2 Learning Environments and Learning Concepts.
3 Adult Learners: Who Participates and Why.
PART TWO: ADULT LEARNING THEORY AND MODELS.
4 Knowles’s Andragogy, and Models of Adult Learning by McClusky, Illeris, and Jarvis.
5 Self-Directed Learning.
6 Transformational Learning.
7 Experience and Learning.
PART THREE: NEWER APPROACHES TO ADULT LEARNING.
8 Embodied, Spiritual, and Narrative Learning.
9 Learning and Knowing: Non-Western Perspectives.
10 Critical Theory, Postmodern, and Feminist Perspectives.
PART FOUR: LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT.
11 Traditional Learning Theories.
12 Adult Development.
13 Cognitive Development in Adulthood.
14 Intelligence and Aging.
15 Memory, Cognition, and the Brain.
16 Reflections on Learning in Adulthood.
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