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The Profession and Practice of Adult Education: An Introduction

The Profession and Practice of Adult Education: An Introduction

Sharan B. Merriam, Ralph G. Brockett

ISBN: 978-1-118-04528-2

Feb 2011, Jossey-Bass

400 pages



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

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Preface to the Updated Edition.

The Authors.

Part One: Foundations of Adult Education.

1. What Counts as Adult Education?

2. Philosophical Perspectives.

3. Perspectives on the Past.

4. Adult Education in Contemporary Society.

Part Two: 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.

Part Three: 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.

Epilogue: A Decade in Review and Trends for the Future.


Name Index.

Subject Index.