ERIC Number: ED178694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Learning Opportunities for Adults: A Literature Review.
Segal, JoAn S.
The literature review reported here was conducted to assess the state of knowledge and attitude of those writing about adult learning and education and to determine how terms were used in that body of literature. (The ultimate goal was development of a handbook of descriptors for use in communicating about learning opportunities for adults.) Focus in the eight chapters is on trends in the decade: (1) reviews general works (dictionaries, histories, statistical works, classification, philosophical works), (2) deals with literature defining the nature of the adult learner and adult development, (3) uses a primary function typology to describe providers (institutions, organizations, groups, and individuals offering adult learning experiences), (4) follows a question/answer format to examine motives, objectives, and needs of learners and providers, (5) related motivation for learning to available learning experiences, the methods of study, and the supporting framework for adult education, (6) addresses the questions of resources of four kinds: human, financial, physical, and time, (7) examines the interaction between individuals and the community as learning opportunities are explored, and (8) presents an example to demonstrate the effectiveness of the categorical descriptors (adult learners, providers, objectives, outcomes, content, methods, functions, and resources) in describing the literature of adult learning opportunities. The 342-item bibliography (selected from 650) concludes the review. (FP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to thin type