Adult Learning and the Emotional Self: New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education / Edition 1

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Emotion is a pervasive force in adult learning — from fear,anxiety, dread, shame, and doubt to hope, excitement, joy, desire,and pride. For the most part, however, practitioners and scholarsview the adult learning process as conceptual, rational, andcognitive. If emotion is considered positively, it is as a helpfuladjunct to the learning process. More often, it is regarded as apotential barrier that has to be worked through if effectivelearning is to occur.

Although we are only beginning to attend to the powerful rolethat emotion can play in our lives as teachers and adult learners,a small but growing body of interdisciplinary scholarship providesan opportunity to revisit earlier assumptions in the field. Thisvolume seeks to build on this emerging scholarship by focusing onthe emotional self across a range of adult learning settings: basicand higher education, workplace learning, and formal and informalcontexts. Topics include:

  1. The meaning and role of emotions in adult learning
  2. Adults in programs for the 'academically underprepared'
  3. Emotional challenges of adult learners in higher education
  4. Adult learning and the emotional self in virtual onlinecontexts
  5. Fostering awareness of diversity and multiculturalism
  6. Adult learning in the workplace
  7. Exploring the affective domain of informational and arts-basedlearning
  8. Teaching and emotions in a nonformal educational setting
  9. The emotional self in adult learning
The chapters demonstrate, in different ways, the growingintegration of emotion into more holistic, constructive ways oflearning and knowing. As we attune to the emotional atmosphere inwhich we work, we stand a better chance of helping adult studentsachieve their educational goals—and we become better educators inthe process.

This is the 120st volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly reportseries New Directions for Adult and ContinuingEducation. Noted for its depth of coverage, NewDirections for Adult and Continuing Education is anindispensable series that explores issues of common interest toinstructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in abroad range of adult and continuing education settings, such ascolleges and universities, extension programs, businesses,libraries, and museums.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Notes John M. Dirkx 1

1 The Meaning and Role of Emotions in Adult Learning John M. Dirkx 7

2 Adults in Programs for the "Academically Underprepared" Janet Isserlis 19

3 Emotional Challenges of Adult Learners in Higher Education Carol E. Kasworm 27

4 Adult Learning and the Emotional Self in Virtual Online Contexts Regina O. Smith 35

5 Fostering Awareness of Diversity and Multiculturalism in Adult and Higher Education Lisa M. Baumgartner Juanita Johnson-Bailey 45

6 Adult Learning in the Workplace: Emotion Work or Emotion Learning? Laura L. Bierema 55

7 Powerful Feelings: Exploring the Affective Domain of Informal and Arts-Based Learning Randee Lipson Lawrence 65

8 Teaching and Emotions in a Nonformal Educational Setting Edward W. Taylor 79

9 The Emotional Self in Adult Learning M. Carolyn Clark John M. Dirkx 89

Index 97

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