Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

by Sharan B. Merriam, Laura L. Bierema
     
 

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Solidly grounded in theory and research, but concise and practice-oriented, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice is perfect for master’s-level students and practitioners alike. Sharan Merriam and Laura Bierema have infused each chapter with practical applications for instruction which will help readers personally relate to the material.

Overview

Solidly grounded in theory and research, but concise and practice-oriented, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice is perfect for master’s-level students and practitioners alike. Sharan Merriam and Laura Bierema have infused each chapter with practical applications for instruction which will help readers personally relate to the material.

The contents covers:

  • Adult Learning in Today’s World
  • Traditional Learning Theories
  • Andragogy
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Transformative Learning
  • Experience and Learning
  • Body and Spirit in Learning
  • Motivation and Learning
  • The Brain and Cognitive Functioning
  • Adult Learning in the Digital Age
  • Critical Thinking and Critical Perspectives
  • Culture and Context
Discussion questions and activities for reflection are included at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118130575
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/14/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
128,094
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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“Merriam and Bierema’s deep and expansive understanding of adult learning, theoretically and practically, across a variety of educational settings, makes this book a must for new practitioners and scholars.” —Edward W. Taylor, professor of adult education, Penn State Harrisburg

“Facilitators and educators of adults often ask me for a reference just like Merriam and Bierema’s new book—one-stop shopping for foundational insight into how adults learn with a view to enhancing their practice. They need look no further! This up-to-date volume grounds sound thinking and effective approaches to educating adults in schools, higher education, organizations, communities, and many other settings.” —Victoria Marsick, professor of adult and organizational learning, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

“This compendium about the concepts of adult education spans profoundly across all the important ideas and discussions from its beginnings in one book. Still, students, professionals and scholars will find it reader-friendly and referring to one’s own experience and practice. Great resource for international students.” —Jost Reischmann, professor emeritus, Bambrick University, Germany, and vice-president, International Society for Comparative Adult Education

“This book offers a learning model and practice for those who are in or simply interested in adult learning. It is sure to provide inspiration and guidance regardless of one’s cultural background or prior learning experience.” —Youngwha Kee, professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Soongsil University

“Anyone who teaches professional-level graduate students will love the practical focus and application-rich activities at the end of each chapter in this book—it will become my mainstay text for adult learning theory and practice.” —Terry Carter, associate dean of professional instruction and faculty development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University

Meet the Author

Sharan B. Merriam is professor emeritus of adult education and qualitative research at the University of Georgia, Athens. She is a four-time winner of the prestigious Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education and is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 26 books, including Learning in Adulthood, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, The New Update on Adult Learning Theory, and Qualitative Research, all from Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand.

Laura L. Bierema is professor of adult education and human resource and organizational development at the University of Georgia, Athens. She is the author of several books including Critical Issues in Human Resource Development and Implementing a Critical Approach to Organizational Development.

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