Third Update on Adult Learning Theory: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 119
November 2008, Jossey-Bass
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1. Transformative Learning Theory (Edward W. Taylor)
Empirical research on transformative learning has burgeoned in the last decade, as have alternative theoretical conceptions to theories first proposed by Mezirow and Freire.
2. Workplace Learning: Emerging Trends and New Perspectives (Tara Fenwick)
Workplace learning is much more than training; attention is turning to practice-based perspectives and power and politics in workplace learning.
3. Spirituality and Adult Learning (Elizabeth J. Tisdell)
Spirituality and spiritual development are, or can be, integral to an adult's learning experiences.
4. Learning Through the Body (Tammy J. Freiler)
Embodied learning as another way of knowing and the body as a site of learning are explored in this chapter.
5. Teaching with the Brain in Mind (Kathleen Taylor, Annalee Lamoreaux)
New research in neuroscience is revealing how the brain translates experience into learning and how learning changes the brain.
6. Narrative Learning in Adulthood (M. Carolyn Clark, Marsha Rossiter)
Narrative learning—learning through stories and storying our experiences—is legitimizing an ancient form of human learning.
7. Non-Western Perspectives on Learning and Knowing (Sharan B. Merriam, Young Sek Kim)
Indigenous knowledge and non-Western religious and philosophical systems are challenging our historically cognitive processing orientation to adult learning.
8. Troubling Adult Learning in the Present Time (Robert J. Hill)
Modern and postmodern ways of knowing are converging in a new New Social Movement.
9. Adult Learning Theory for the Twenty-First Century (Sharan B. Merriam)
Attention to contexts in which learning takes place as well as the holistic nature of learning are characterizing movements in adult learning theory today.