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Making Sense of Adult Learning 2nd Editby Dorothy Mackeracher
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Learning is an inseparable part of human experience. Understanding how adults learn and applying that expertise to practical everyday situations and relationships open the window on a broader understanding of the capacity of the human mind. Dorothy MacKeracher's Making Sense of Adult Learning was first published in 1996, and was acclaimed for its readability and value as a reference tool. For the second edition of this essential work, MacKeracher has reorganized and revised many of the chapters to bring the text up-to-date for contemporary use. Concepts are presented from learning-centred and learner-centred perspectives, while related learning and teaching principles provide ideas about how one may enable others to learn more effectively. Written for people preparing to become adult educators, Making Sense of Adult Learning provides background information about the nature of adult learning and the characteristics that typify adult learners. This new edition will be quick to assert its place as the premier guide in the field.
Book News Annotation:
Updating her 1996 edition to include new research on brain function and the role of the learning environment, MacKeracher (University of New Brunswick) describes how adults learn. She begins with the basic assumptions about learning in general and adult learning in particular--and how individuals have preferences and experiences which may affect their learning--and then describes cycles in learning as proposed by Kolb and Taylor and theories of learning styles. Other topics include the workings of the nervous system, the mind, intelligence and cognitive development; how physical learning works in adults; the influence of relationships, spiritual issues, environment, and context on the willingness or ability of adult learners; and basic strategies and theoretical models for facilitating adult learning.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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