ERIC Number: ED359423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Self-Direction in Adult Learning: Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice. Routledge Series on Theory and Practice of Adult Education in North America.
Brockett, Ralph G.; Hiemstra, Roger
This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of major developments, trends, issues, and practices relative to self-direction and adult education and offers strategies that have direct application to practice. Its intended audiences are practitioners and professors, students, and researchers in adult education. Part I is an introduction. Chapter 1 presents scenarios for three types of learners to illustrate that self-direction is a way of life and discusses popular myths that have helped to create confusion about self-direction and its potential for adult learners. Chapter 2 defines self-direction and offers a model to clarify the concept. Three chapters in Part II examine critically the research literature on self-direction. The two chapters in Part III are intended to bridge theory and practice. They present strategies for facilitating self-directed learning as an instructional method and for enhancing learner self-direction as an aspect of adult personality. Four chapters in Part IV address major issues for practice: self-direction in institutionally based adult education programs, policy issues, international perspectives on self-direction, and ethical issues. The two chapters in Part V provide a hypothetical scenario of what a family of the near future might look like if they embrace the ideals of self-direction and present recommendations important in creating future growth of self-direction ideals. Appendixes include a 97-item annotated bibliography of sources related to andragogy, 430 references, and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Classroom Techniques, Educational Research, Learner Controlled Instruction, Lifelong Learning, Personal Autonomy, Self Determination, Teaching Methods
Routledge, Chapman and Hall, Inc., 29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001.
Publication Type: Books
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners; Students
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