Adulthood: New Terrain: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education / Edition 1

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This volume explores dimensions of adult development from both a research and theoretical perspective. It addresses adult learners' experience and meaning of education as on-going resource for well-being and positive development across the lifecourse. Chapters track the nature of a transition, the psychological phenomena connected to change in adulthood, learning experiences which challenge adults to achieve their developmental potential, and cultural and spiritual connections which support adult learning.

Topics include the merging needs of Latina/Latino adult learners; adult learners' internal processes of differentiation and integration; ways in which educational institutions and practitioners can respond to emerging needs of adults retraining for vocational roles; creative and spiritual awakenings that can determine life course trajectory changes; changing modes of behavior and development which require shifts in holding environments; a model a well-being for adult learners who must change and yet remain true to their own cultures and relationships; and a review of the nature of transitions confronted by adult learners today.

Overall, contributors ask the question of what institutional and instructional changes adult education practitioners may want to explore and provide research and theoretical underpinnings that help define the new terrain of adulthood. The chapters are interlocked in many ways, supporting the findings and principles found in each of these discussions.

This is the 108th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.

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EDITOR’S NOTES (Mary Alice Wolf).

1. How Adult Life Transitions Foster Learning and Development (Sharan B. Merriam)
This chapter focuses on the theoretical and research underpinnings related to transitions in adulthood.

2. Shifts in the Landscape of Learning: New Challenges, New Opportunities (Mary-Jane Eisen)
This chapter considers how adult learning philosophies are implemented and modified to meet adults’ developmental mandate to continue learning in order to make meaning and find purpose during the countless transitions of the ever-increasing adult years.

3. The Dance of the Transforming Self: Both Feelings of Connection and Complex Thought Are Needed for Learning (Jan D. Sinnott)
This chapter presents a view of adult learners who must remain true to their own Selves, their relationships, and their cultures as they undergo growth and development.

4. “Doors Are Not Locked, Just Closed”: Latino Perspectives on College (Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, Barbara A. Candales, José Ricardo-Rivera)
This chapter proposes a culturally sensitive model for adult education based on relational cultural theory, systems perspectives, and Latino studies and a pilot program for community college students.

5. Life Span Well-Being (Mary Alice Wolf)
This chapter explores learners’ experiences as they move through adult transitions. It is presented within psychosocial developmental research and theory.

6. Age-Related Paradigms (Christina Baroody Butler)
The author explores the emerging cultural climate and its influence on adult development and related educational experiences.

7. Life Journeys: Awakenings and Learning Experiences (Jo Ann C. Luckie)
This chapter extends the transitional literature into the spiritual and creative areas of adults’ lives. It looks at a church setting that supports growth and development.

8. Environments for Development (C. Joanne Grabinski)
The research and literature on changing modes of behavior and development require shifts in holding and learning environments for adult learners.

9. Explorations and Overview (Mary Alice Wolf)
This chapter reviews the models and examples of adult transitions confronting learners and presents variations on supportive educational environments for the future.


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