ERIC Number: ED355347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Commission of Professors of Adult Education. Proceedings of the Annual Conference (32nd, Washington, D.C., October 19-21, 1987).
Commission of Professors of Adult Education.
These proceedings contain presentations and other materials from a conference that focused on the past, present, and future of graduate study in adult education. They begin with the first General Session, a dialogue consisting of reflections on the genesis of graduate study in adult education in North America by Cyril Houle, Malcolm Knowles, and Burton Kreitlow. The second General Session focuses on international adult education, stressing the importance of understanding other cultures, sharing ideas by networking with adult educators across borders, and internationalizing programs in adult education, in the interest of avoiding parochialism. Task force presentations follow. Four presentations of the instructional improvement task force focus on ethical issues in adult education graduate programs: "Ethical Issues Related to Admissions and Advising in Adult Education Graduate Programs" (Sork); "Ethical Issues in Adult Education Focus: Teaching in Graduate Education" (Caffarella); "Creating Awareness of Ethical Issues within Adult Education Graduate Programs" (Brockett); and "The Ethics of Research and Publications with Students" (Merriam). The faculty development task force reports on "Faculty Development for Mid-Career and Senior Faculty--A Summary" (Caffarella et al.). Three papers focus on self-directed learning: "Considerations for a Future Research Agenda in Self-Directed Learning" (Brockett); "Self-Directed Learning Theory: A Summary" (Long); and "Notes on Technology and Distance Education in the Context of Self-Directed Learning" (Moore). The presentations of the research task force consider research in the practice setting--the collaborative role of researchers and practitioners: "The Research/Practice Conversation" (Ingham); "Developing a Systematic Approach to Analysis" (Apps); and "Research/Practice Conversation: Notes for Discussion" (Marsick). Contributions of the human resource development (HRD) task force under the topic "In Search of an Optimal Introductory Course in HRD" (Gilley et al.) include the presentation "The Beginning Course in Human Resource Development at Sixteen U.S. Universities: A Content Analysis" (Collino et al.) and abstracts of three papers. Papers of the theory building task force are as follows: "Learning as Relating" (Ingham); and "Informal Learning from Experience: A Valuable Prototype for Adult Learning Theory" (Rossing). The proceedings conclude with an annual census listing 472 doctorates conferred in adult education during 1983-1987 as well as 39 unreported from 1981-1982. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Conference Proceedings, Distance Education, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Labor Force Development, Learning Theories, Student Publications, Student Research
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission of Professors of Adult Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A