Any adult engaged in a learning process, be that formal education, informal learning, or corporate-sponsored learning, can be described as an "adult learner". Malcolm Knowles, the founding author of this book, played a huge role in separating adult learners from child learners. His pioneering work developed the theory of andragogy, which is still relevant today and attempts to explain why adults learn differently compared to other types of learners so that learning strategies can be developed that focus on teaching adults. This book offers students and practitioners unique access to the original work and writing of Malcolm Knowles. In the new edition, current authorities in adult education and human resource development, Elwood "Ed" Holton and Richard Swanson, put Knowles' theories and work into the context of modern day adult education, linking in to new theories and developments, and considering andragogy in practice around the world. The Adult Learner is essential reading for adult learning practitioners, training managers and human resource professionals. It is also an indispensable text for students taking adult learning modules within adult education, teacher training courses and human resource management programmes.
"A great update of a classic. Should be required reading for anyone involved with adult learning in schools, businesses and communities." Sam Stern, Professor & Dean, The New School of Education, Oregon State University, USA
The late Malcolm S. Knowles, Ph.D., was one of the leading authorities on adult education in the second half of the twentieth century. He wrote the first major accounts of informal adult education and the history of adult education in the United States, authoring more than 200 articles and 18 books. He is famous for his adaptation of the theory of Andragogy as a conceptual basis for adult education and learning, and was a significant force in reorienting adult educators from 'educating people' to 'helping them learn'.
Richard Swanson is a past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), founding editor of Advances in Developing Human Resources, a scholarly journal sponsored by AHRD, and founding editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly, the research journal of AHRD and American Society for Training and Development. The AHRD presented him with the Outstanding HRD Scholar Award in 2000 and in 2001 he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was inducted into AHRD's Human Resource Development Scholar Hall of Fame. He has performed consulting work for leading US corporations and is an internationally recognized authority on organizational change, performance improvement and financial analysis of human capital investments.
Elwood F. "Ed" Holton holds an impressive record of accomplishments in adult and continuing education and human resource development. He is the founding editor of Human Resource Development Review, a past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development and author of over 200 publications, including academic and professional articles in HRD, performance improvement and psychology journals. In addition to his academic role as the Jones S. Davis Distinguished Professor of Human Resource, Leadership and Organization Development at Louisiana State University, he has more than twenty years' HRD and performance improvement consulting experience with a wide variety of private, public, and non-profit organizations.
Preface; Introduction; PART I: The Roots of Andragogy; Exploring the world of learning theory; Theories of learning; A theory of adult learning: Andragogy; Theories of teaching; An Andragogical process model for learning; PART II: Advancements in Adult Learning; Andragogy in practice; Adult learning within human resource development; New perspectives on Andragogy; Beyond Andragogy; The future of Andragogy; PART III: Practice in Adult Learning; References; Author index; Subject index.