ERIC Number: ED435039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Roles for Adult Educators. Trends and Issues Alert No. 7.
Adult educator role descriptions found in the literature include the following: teacher, instructor, helper, facilitator, consultant, broker, change agent, and mentor. The literature that speaks directly to the adult educator's role is scanty. A larger body of literature exists, however, that either alludes to adult educators' roles or contains information from which ideas about their roles can be surmised. One clear trend in the literature on roles is a connection between philosophical beliefs about adult education and the type of role described. For example, publications can be found that do the following: support the radical tradition in education; explore adult educator roles for a civil society; and examine adult educator roles in experiential learning. A related issue is the question of how adult educators perceive their roles versus how roles are described in the literature. Among other related topics addressed in the literature are the following: suggested future roles of adult educators; markets that adult educators could tap in reshaping their roles; and information about careers in the future that adult educators can use to either shape their roles or develop programs and services for learners. (An annotated bibliography that contains 19 references constitutes approximately 75% of this document.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Literature Reviews, Self Concept, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.