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Lifelong Learning at Its Best: Innovative Practices in Adult Credit Programs

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Lifelong Learning at Its Best: Innovative Practices in Adult Credit Programs

William H. Maehl

ISBN: 978-0-787-94603-6 October 1999 Jossey-Bass 288 Pages

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"A must-read for anyone in higher education, human resourcedevelopment, or adult education. This impeccably researched bookreflects an encyclopedic and intimate knowledge of innovative adulthigher education programs and provides an impressive historicalcontext for such programs. It will be a classic sourcebook foranyone in the field."

--Howard Y. Williams, professor emeritus, Human ResourceDevelopment and Adult Education, University of Minnesota

"A comprehensive, careful, and compelling study of adult learnersand learning today. Lifelong Learning at Its Best demonstrates whyeducation--from cradle to grave--is so important to our society incoping with the demands of burgeoning technology, addressing globalcompetition, and recognizing the need for ongoing job retraining.It should be required reading for leaders in education, businessand industry, and policymaking."

--C. Wayne Williams, president, Regents College

It is widely accepted that lifelong competency in today's worldrequires lifelong learning. Schools, colleges, and workplaces haveresponded to this new reality by implementing educational andtraining programs. But which programs really work?

Drawing from data gathered by the Commission for a Nation ofLifelong Learners--in a study directed by prestigious educationaland business leaders--William Maehl offers strategies that havebeen most successful with adult learners across the nation. FromGeorgetown University to Toyota, he describes winning programmodels and all their components. Organized under such key learningobjectives as competence, collaboration, and self-directedness,these success stories reveal the specific instructional,organizational, financial, and other program components that makethe greatest difference in learning outcomes. For staff attemptingto improve existing programs or for teams building new ones, thisresource has all the practical ideas you need to design effectivesolutions.
MEETING THE NATION'S NEED FOR LIFELONG LEARNING.

The Challenge of Postsecondary Education from an Expanding Pool ofLearners.

Toward Models of Good Practice.

INNOVATIVE RESPONSES TO LEARNER NEEDS.

Individualization and Self-Directed Learning.

Learner-Centered Design.

Competence-Based Focus.

Opportunities for Advanced Professional Development.

STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES TO PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION.

Collaborative Relationships Among Providers.

Customizing Programs to Sponsors' Needs.

Sustaining and Renewing Successful Programs.

Conclusion: Summary of Best Practices and Future Trends in AdultCredit Programs.
"A must read for anyone in higher education, human resourcedevelopment, or adult education. This impeccably researched bookreflects an encyclopedic and intimate knowledge of innovative adulthigher education programs and provides an impressive historicalcontext for such programs. It will be a classic sourcebook foranyone in the field." (Howard Y. Williams, professor emeritus,Human Resource Development and Adult Education, University ofMinnesota)

"A comprehensive, careful, and compelling study of adult learnersand learning today. Lifelong Learning at Its Best demonstrates whyeducation--from cradle to grave--is so important to our society incoping with the demands of burgeoning technology, addressing globalcompetition, and recognizing the need for ongoing job retraining.It should be required reading for leaders in education, businessand industry, and policymaking." (C. Wayne Williams, president,Regents College)

"Lifelong learning is a critically important component of successfor any person working today. Dr. Maehl pinpoints the challengesand, through his many examples, shows us the way." (ArleneBeauchemin, senior specialist in human resources, BellAtlantic)

"Maehl presents a veritable treasure trove of information aboutcredit programs for adults in higher education. The book'sgrounding in adult education research and theory, the detailedprogram descriptions, and the organization of the descriptionsaround learner needs and learner contexts result in an extremelyvaluable resource for anyone wishing to know more about how adultsare faring in postsecondary education." (Susan Imel, director andadult education specialist, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career,and Vocational Education, Ohio State University)