ERIC Number: ED436686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Effective Adult Learning.
Birkenholz, Robert J.
This text addresses wide-ranging topics that provide foundational information and guidelines for present and future adult educators to consider as they contemplate decisions regarding adult education programs. Content and materials are organized as a practical reference for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students interested in planning and conducting adult education programs. Chapter 1 describes historical development of adult education. Chapter 2 examines the need for adult education. Chapter 3 provides an overview of the characteristics adult learners have in common with their adolescent counterparts and those characteristics unique to adult learners. Chapter 4 presents principles that support the practices used in planning, conducting, and evaluating adult education activities. Chapter 5 examines delivery formats and teaching methods that can be used effectively in adult education and describes factors to consider in their selection and use. Chapters 6-12 provide an overview of these practices and aspects of adult education: advisory groups; needs assessment; planning, conducting, evaluating, promoting, and funding adult programs; selecting adult educators; and distance learning. Appendixes include "A Philosophy for Adult Education"; "30 Things We Know for Sure about Adult Learning"; "Principles of Teaching and Learning"; "Variables of Effective Teaching"; "Comparison Between Pedagogy and Andragogy"; "Levels of Learning within Domains"; "Continuing Education Units"; and "Promotion of Adult Learning." The book contains 78 references and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Advisory Committees, Andragogy, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Characteristics, Teacher Selection, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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