Handbook of Adult Development and Learning / Edition 1

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Adult development and learning have always existed as two separate fields of study, with development falling under psychology and learning under education. Recent advances in theory, research, and practice, however, have made it clear that an important reciprocal relationship exists between them: advances in development frequently lead to learning, and conversely, learning quite often fuels development. The synchronicity between development and learning is responsible for changes in many capacities, including insight, intelligence, reflective and meta-cognition, personality expression, interpersonal competence, and self-efficacy. This synchronicity is also leading to the growth of a new discipline at the borders of adult development and learning. The Handbook of Adult Development and Learning is the first to bring together the leading scholars from both adult development and learning to explore what will form the foundation for this new discipline—the latest research at the intersection of these fields. It examines six major aspects of their intersection: foundations, key areas of integration, the self system, higher reaches of development and learning, essential contexts, and specific applications. An introductory chapter explains why it is so important to recognize and fuel the growth of this new discipline. Subsequent chapters review the latest theoretical and empirical literature and provide a rich itinerary for future research. This handbook is a must-read for all who promote optimal aging. It will be an invaluable reference for scholars in development and education, as well as a rich resource for policy makers and practitioners, such as corporate executives and human-resource personnel.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book serves as a foundational work bringing together the fields of development and learning by evaluating the intersection of their rudiments, higher reaches of development and learning, essential contexts, and specific applications.
Purpose: According to the editor, the purpose is to introduce a conceptual integration of adult development and learning. This is done from different frames of reference and levels of analysis. The focus is on the continued development of adults throughout the lifespan — an area typically neglected in the developmental literature.
Audience: The editor does not indicate a specific audience. In major measure, this book appears to be targeted at students and those teaching courses on these topics, not practitioners or clinical researchers. The editor's peer-reviewed publication record is minimal and focuses mostly on the unpublished papers of Erickson. With a few exceptions, many of the contributing authors also seem to have gained their expertise from years of teaching, giving talks, or life experience on these topics, rather than from rigorous scientific contributions. Those researchers who have made resounding seminal contributions to this field are conspicuously missing from the list of contributing authors.
Features: The immediately noticeable feature upon opening this book is its small and dense print, making it demanding to read. In addition, there is frequent overlap between chapters, which can be tedious. The chapter on methodology is absent of unique contributions to the topics of development and learning, and provides an all-too-brief summary of general methodological issues. While it is difficult to identify specific problems with other chapters, the main points in each chapter are arduous to tease out for some reason. It is difficult to see the overarching relevance of each chapter and how it fits into the framework of the book. Several authors indicate that there is little empirical research on these topics, but they themselves have clearly not endeavored to build this body of scientific knowledge. The only strength of the book is that the existing literature is reviewed satisfactorily and references to important articles are included.
Assessment: This is clearly a fledgling attempt at creating a handbook. It tends to read like a review article, which includes topics from adult development and learning, but does not clearly integrate them, as was the purported goal. There are a few worthwhile chapters for those interested in this area, but there is significant work left before this can be considered a handbook in anything more than name. Many fields are interrelated and deserve a multidisciplinary look, but this book falls short of convincing that a handbook devoted to a new integrated field of development and learning is necessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195171907
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Hoare is Professor of Human Development and Human Resource Development in the Department of Counseling and Human and Organizational Studies, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University. An alumna of Carlow College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hoare earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Human Development at the George Washington University. She has served as a university trustee, provided consultation to national and international organizations, and, at The George Washington University, has served as department chair and co-director of the University Office for Community Services. She has studied, taught, and published on topics in adult development and learning for twenty-five years, and is the author of more than fifty origninal research articles, paper presentations, book chapters, and invited addresses. Her recent book, Erikson on Development in Adulthood: New Insights from the Unpublished Papers, has received wide ranging acclaim in the United States and abroad.

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Table of Contents

Part I - Foundations
1. Growing a Discipline at the Borders of Thought, Carol Hoare
2. Learning and Development: The Connection in Adulthood, Sharan B. Merriam and M. Carolyn Clark
3. Research Design and Methodological Issues for Adult Development and Learning, Grace I.L. Caskie and Sherry L. Willis
Part II - Do Development and Learning Fuel One Another in Adulthood?: Four Key Areas
4. The Development of Reflective Judgment in Adulthood, Karen Strohm Kitchener, Patricia M. King, and Sonia DeLuca
5. Intellectual Development Across Adulthood, K. Warner Schaie and Faika A.K. Zanjani
6. Emotional Development in Adulthood: A Developmental Functional Review and Critique, Nathan S. Consedine and Carol Magai
7. Motivation and Interpersonal Regulation Across Adulthood: Managing the Challenges and Constraints of Social Contexts, Frieder R. Lang and Jutta Heckhausen
Part III - The Self-System in Adult Development and Learning
8. Self-efficacy and Adult Development, Daniel Cervone, Daniele Artistico, and Jane M. Berry
9. Autonomy and Self-Directed Learning: A Developmental Journey, Kathleen Taylor
10. Adult Development, Learning, and Insight Through Psychotherapy: The Cultivation of Change and Transformation, Melvin E. Miller
Part IV - The Higher Reaches of Adult Development and Learning
11. Creativity Through the Life Span From an Evolutionary Systems Perspective, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura
12. Illuminating Major Creative Scientific Innovators with Postformal Stages, Michael Lamport Commons and Linda Marie Bresette
13. Laughing at Gilded Butterflies: Integrating Wisdom, Development, and Learning, Caroline L. Bassett
14. Spiritual Development in Adulthood: Key Concepts and Models, Ronald R. Irwin
Part V - Essential Contexts for the Learning, Developing Adult
15. Effects of Children on Adult Development and Learning: Parenthood and Beyond, Jack Demick
16. Work as the Catalyst of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning: Identity and Personality, Carol Hoare
17. The Importance of Feeling Whole: Learning to Feel Connected, Community, and Adult Development, Jan D. Sinnott and Debra Berlanstein
18. Culture, Learning, and Adult Development, Heidi Keller and Anne Werchan
Part VI - Adult Development and Learning, Measured and Applied
19. The Meaning and Measurement of Conceptual Development in Adulthood, Theo L. Dawson-Tunik
20. Advanced Avenues in Adult Development and Learning: The Role of Doctoral Study, Judith Stevens-Long and Robert Barner
21. The Evolution of Professional Competence, Garrett McAuliffe
22. Adult Holistic Development and Multidimensional Performance, Glen Rogers, Marcia Mentkowski, and Judith Reisetter Hart

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