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Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition

Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition

Sharan B. Merriam , Rosemary S. Caffarella

ISBN: 978-0-787-97499-2

Nov 1998, Jossey-Bass

528 pages

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$33.99

Description

"An essential volume in adult education."
--Choice

"Merriam and Caffarella provide an excellent resource whose value will last until the appearance of the third edition."
--Continuing Higher Education Review

The second edition of Learning in Adulthood integrates the most important contributions to adult learning in the last decade. The result is an updated, comprehensive synthesis of what we now know about adult learning--including the context in which it takes place, who the participants are, what they learn and why, the nature of the learning process itself, major theoretical developments, and much more. Sharan Merriam and Rosemary Caffarella reveal how sociocultural influences can create specific developmental needs and interests, and how such social factors as race, class, and gender can shape learning. From this background, they construct a more inclusive perspective on adult learning, guiding readers toward new ways of thinking about teaching, learning, and the broader social implications of adult education.
THE CONTEXT OF PROVISION OF ADULT LEARNING.

Adult Learning and Contemporary Society.

Learning Opportunities in Adulthood.

Participation in Adult Education.

Providing Learning Opportunities.

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING.

Biological and Psychological Development.

Sociocultural and Integrative Perspectives on Development.

Cognitive Development in Adulthood.

Intelligence and Aging.

THE LEARNING PROCESS.

Memory, Cognition, and the Brain.

Experience and Learning.

Key Theories of Learning.

THE LEARNING TRANSACTION WITH ADULTS.

Andragogy and Other Models of Adult Learning.

Self-Directed Learning.

Transformational Learning.

Critical Theory, Postmodern, and Feminist Perspectives.

REFLECTIONS ON PRACTICE.

Ethics and Adult Learning.

Integrating Theory and Practice.

"Such an important and complete guide on the subject of adult learning that it is now in its second edition. Merriam and Caffarella have done a monument work of pulling together the current research and thinking on adult learning." (ForeThought)

"Merriam and Caffarella provide an excellent resource whose value will last until the appearance of the third edition." (Continuing Higher Education Review)

"An essential volume in adult education." (Choice, (praise from 1st edition))

"[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, (praise from 1st edition))

"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, (praise from 1st edition))