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Profession and Practice of Adult Education : an Introduction (97 Edition)by Sharan B. Merriam
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This book fills the gap for a comprehensive, authoritative introduction to the field of adult and continuing education. Two of the most respected authors in the field, Sharan B. Merriam and Ralph G. Brockett, provide an insightful analysis of this rapidly developing field and a thorough grounding in its guiding concepts, purposes, and practices of programs. Comprehensive in scope, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, offers a philosophical overview of adult education, clearly defines the field and its development, reviews goals and purposes, outlines the delivery of programs by agencies and organizations, examines major concepts and trAnds, and presents a vision for the future.Merriam and Brockett examine the role professional associations, literature and information resources, and the academic preparation of adult educators play in the ongoing professionalization of the field. They explore such critical questions as What are the objectives to achieving unity in a field as diverse as adult education?, and Are there advantages for adult education aligning itself more closely with education? Should the primary focus be on the individual or society? The authors take a broader global perspective on the troublesome issue of opportunity, access, and participation.The authors explore the area of adult education outside the mainstream of practice by examining who nontraditional educators are and what they do. They place special emphasis on social change as an objective of adult education. The book also touches on adult education as a forum for the international exchange of ideas and experiences and reveals what the field is like in other parts of the world. In the concluding chapter, Merriam and Brockett offer a vision of the future of adult education for the next millennium.
Book News Annotation:
Outlines the concepts and practices of adult and continuing education in North America, with sections on foundations of adult education, the organization and delivery of adult education, and developing a professional field of practice, describing major dimensions of the field and discussing critical issues in its practice. Subjects include the global context of adult learning, and the adult learner and concepts of learning. For graduate students as well as practitioners working in adult education in various settings.
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Written by the two most highly respected scholars in the field and designed specifically for the graduate classroom, Introduction to Adult Education will fill the need for a cohesive, updated overview of the foundations, guiding principles, philosophy, scope of practice, and scholarship of the field of adult education. Providing a descriptive overview of major dimensions of the field and raising awareness of the critical issues and tensions inherent in the practice of adult education, Merriam and Brockett's book should quickly become the standard introductory text for graduate programs in adult education.
At last, a comprehensive and readable overview of the field of adult education that will be useful to neophyte and seasoned adult educators, scholars and reflective practitioners. Sharan Merriam and Ralph Brockett have succeeded in a daunting task.—Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, associate professor and director, Center for Adult Learning Services, New College, St. Edward's University This book fills the gap for a comprehensive, authoritative introduction to the field of adult and continuing education. Two of the most respected authors in the field, Sharan B. Merriam and Ralph G. Brockett, provide an insightful analysis of this rapidly developing field and a thorough grounding in its guiding concepts, purposes, and practices of programs. Comprehensive in scope, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, offers a philosophical overview of adult education, clearly defines the field and its development, reviews goals and purposes, outlines the delivery of programs by agencies and organizations, examines major concepts and trAnds, and presents a vision for the future.
The Profession and Practice of Adult Education is a timely book and an excellent introduction to the field. Drawing from an extensive volume of literature, it provides comprehensive coverage and a clear guide. Graduate students will benefit from it and practitioners will be kept abreast of changes that are occurring.
—Peter Jarvis, professor of continuing education and senior research professor, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Includes bibliographical references (p. 290-324) and indexes.
About the Author
SHARAN B. MERRIAM is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. RALPH G. BROCKETT is professor of adult education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the co-editor-in-chief of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, a journal published by Jossey-Bass. He is the editor or coeditor of numerous books including Overcoming Resistance to Self-Direction (1994), Self-Direction in Adult Learning (1991), Professional Development for Educators of Adults (1991), and Ethical Issues in Adult Education (1988 ).
Table of Contents
FOUNDATIONS OF ADULT EDUCATION.
1. What Counts as Adult Education?
2. Philosophical Perspectives.
3. Perspectives on the Past.
4. Adult Education in Contemporary Society.
THE ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY OF ADULT EDUCATION.
5. Providers of Formal Adult Education.
6. The Adult Learner and Concepts of Learning.
7. The Global Context of Adult Education.
8. Examining Access and Opportunity.
DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL FIELD OF PRACTICE.
9. Adult Education as a Developing Profession.
10. The Unacknowledged Side of Practice.
11. Reframing Practice: The Future of Adult Education.
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