ERIC Number: ED345108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Keys to Adult Learning: Theory and Practical Strategies.
Lawler, Patricia A.
This book is designed to provide a foundation in adult learning theory, a knowledge base that will increase understanding of what works and what does not work with the adult learner. It is written for practitioners who work with adults in nearly any setting. The book is both theoretical and practical. It provides a foundation in adult learning ideas and strategies based on research and personal experience, along with practical strategies for implementation. Chapter 1 discusses the purposes of educating adults and the underlying philosophies of adult education. Chapter 2 examines the various and diverse attributes of adult participants. How adults learn is explored in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses theories of adult development. The last two chapters on facilitating adult learning and putting it all together provide important strategies and guidelines for effective practice. Within each chapter are found theoretical information, steps to review one's own experience, and implementation strategies that can be adapted to unique educational settings. Exercises are provided at the end of the chapters to enable readers to explore their own experiences. Appendixes include lists of 30 references, 5 needs assessment resources, and 5 learning styles resources; 9 principles of adult education; and a form to evaluate this book. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Classroom Techniques, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Publications, Research for Better Schools, 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 ($19.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.