ERIC Number: ED403456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Education for the Future: New Counseling Paradigms for Adult Education.
The lines separating the components of educational, personal, and career counseling may be becoming less distinct. A shift to a new paradigm of holistic adult learner counseling by adult educators is evolving, with several major implications for the adult educator. Whether in a classroom setting or during one-on-one sessions with students, the adult educator counsels, facilitates, mentors, and advises within a wide context of individuals and situations. When approached for individual counsel, the educator may be exposed by the student to a broad range of issues, including dispositional barriers that address attitude and self-perception. These engagements suggest that many counseling attributes associated with problem identification are or should be used by the educator throughout the learning process. Adult educators must recognize and review the consequences associated with a shift from educator and course broker to a broader, more holistic counseling perspective. Implications for adult educators are as follows: adult educators will need an indepth understanding of and ability to synthesize implications of adult development theory when counseling adult students; adult educators should have a sound philosophical base of counseling theory and practice; adoption of a holistic paradigm of counseling may challenge other counseling professions; and adult educators must be sensitive to differences in advice-giving and counseling. (Contains 12 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Charlotte, NC, October 1996).