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Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice / Edition 1
     

Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice / Edition 1

by Sharan B. Merriam, Laura L. Bierema
 

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ISBN-10: 111813057X

ISBN-13: 9781118130575

Pub. Date: 10/14/2013

Publisher: Wiley

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.

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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:
35,858
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits ix

Preface xi

The Authors xvii

1 Adult Learning in Today’s World 1

The Social Context of Adult Learning 1

The Adult Learner and Learning in Adulthood 11

Settings Where Learning Occurs 15

Chapter Summary 21

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 21

Chapter Highlights 22

2 Traditional Learning Theories 24

What Is Learning? 24

Learning Theories 25

Chapter Summary 38

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 38

Chapter Highlights 41

3 Andragogy: The Art and Science of Helping Adults Learn 42

Before Andragogy 44

Assumptions About Adult Learners 46

Andragogy Today 56

Chapter Summary 58

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 59

Chapter Highlights 60

4 Self-Directed Learning 61

The Nature of Self-Directed Learning 62

The Process of Self-Directed Learning 66

Self-Directed Learning in Various Contexts 71

Assessing Self-Directed Learning 74

Critiques of Self-Directed Learning 76

Chapter Summary 78

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 78

Chapter Highlights 79

Exhibit 4.1: Independent Study Learning Contract 81

5 Transformative Learning 82

What Is Transformative Learning? 83

Sites of Transformative Learning 90

Promoting and Evaluating Transformative Learning 94

Concluding Thoughts, Unresolved Issues 98

Chapter Summary 101

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 101

Chapter Highlights 102

6 Experience and Learning 104

On the Relationship Between Experience and Learning 104

Models of Experiential Learning 108

Reflective Practice and Situated Cognition 115

Chapter Summary 123

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 124

Chapter Highlights 125

7 Body and Spirit in Learning 127

Embodied Learning 128

The Spirit in Learning 136

Chapter Summary 142

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 143

Chapter Highlights 145

8 Motivation and Learning 146

Motivation Defi ned 147

Motivation Theory 148

Motivation in Adult Education 151

Chapter Summary 162

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 163

Chapter Highlights 166

9 The Brain and Cognitive Functioning 168

Brain Basics 168

Memory 172

Intelligence 175

Cognitive Development and Wisdom 182

Chapter Summary 187

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 187

Chapter Highlights 188

10 Adult Learning in the Digital Age 190

The Technology Context 191

Adult Learners in the Digital Age 195

The Teaching-Learning Context of the Digital Age 201

Chapter Summary 208

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 209

Chapter Highlights 211

11 Critical Thinking and Critical Perspectives 212

Being Critical 213

Critical Theory 214

Critical Perspectives 217

Critical Thinking 221

Critical Action—Mindful and Timely Intervention 226

Creating a Critical Classroom 228

Chapter Summary 234

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 234

Chapter Highlights 236

12 Culture and Context, Theory and Practice in Adult Learning 238

Culture and Context 238

Culture and Learning 242

Culturally Relevant Teaching 245

The Relationship Between Theory and Practice 247

A Framework for Adult Learning 251

Chapter Summary 254

Linking Theory and Practice: Activities and Resources 255

Chapter Highlights 257

References 259

Name Index 287

Subject Index 293

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