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ERIC Number: ED498480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 230
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8829-8260-8
Adult Learners in the Academy
Bash, Lee
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
Adult learners comprise almost 50 percent of all students enrolled in higher Education. Some argue they are pioneering change in today's higher educational landscape. This book is designed to assist faculty members and administrators who want to understand how the impact of adult learning programs has and is helping to transform the academy and how newer initiatives are likely to change their own campuses in the coming decades. Through the use of case studies, and by blending the theoretical aspects of adult learning with practical application and personal experience, Lee Bash depicts each facet of adult learners and the requirements higher education must fulfill to meet their needs. The author explores: (1) The context of adult learning from four perspectives: adult programs, adult learners, demographics and projections, and programmatic best practices; (2) The distinguishing characteristics of adult learners, the special challenges they face, their motivations to continue their education, and why they seek and what they bring to college-level learning; (3) The institutional responses to the adult learner, such as programmatic perspectives and the fundamental needs required to sustain adult learning programs; and (4) Meaningful applications of the term "lifelong learning" as well as some projections on how the 21st-century academy is likely to change. This book is a helpful guide to all interested in understanding adult learning's place in academia today and implementing and sustaining successful adult learning programs for tomorrow. Following a section about the author, preface and acknowledgments, the book is divided into four parts. Part One: Context and Overview, presents: (1) Adult Programs: Why They Are Important to the 21st Century College or University; (2) Adult Learners: Who they Are and How They Differ From the traditional Student; (3) Demographics and Projections; and (4) Programmatic Best Practices. Part Two: Where Adult Learners Begin Their Educational Journey, contains: (5) Why Adult Learners Seek College-Level Learning; (6) What Adult Learners Bring to the School; and (7) Senior Citizens: the New Adult Learner. Part Three: Institutional Responses to the Adult Learner, continues with: (8) What Adults Need in Their Learning Environment; (9) Stepping Into the Void; and (10) The Entrepreneurial Response. Part Four: Lifelong Learning: Education Is No Longer an Endgame, concludes with: (11) Graduation Is Only a Way Station in the Lifelong Learning Journey. Also includes a Bibliography and an Index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A