ERIC Number: ED203008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Current Action Principles and Concepts from Research and Theory in Adult Learning and Development.
Fox, Robert D.
The action principles and concepts developed in the field of adult education may be generalized to include the practice of continuing medical education. A review of learning theory and research reveals that adult learning varies along four dimensions: (1) ability to accept new information and adopt new practices; (2) approach to learning; (3) ways of processing information; and (4) way of thinking. In all these dimensions adult learning is characterized by a dynamic tension between stability and change in physical condition role requirements, personality, and social context of the adult. Learning is viewed as the primary means by which the tension and anxiety characteristic of adult development is resolved. Consequently, the action principles and concepts proposed in adult education literature focus on the role of the adult and continuing medical educator in facilitating the reduction of this tension in adults through provision of systematic learning activities. Continuing medical educators may adopt these principles of adult education to the specific developmental needs of physicians and must replicate them only when they clearly do not apply to the practice of continuing medical education or when no action principle for a continuing medical education problem exists. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Educational Theories, Intellectual Development, Intelligence, Medical Education, Needs Assessment, Physicians, Professional Continuing Education, School Role, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the spring meeting of the Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education (Columbus, OH, May 17, 1981).