The Profession and Practice of Adult Education: An Introduction / Edition 1

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The Profession and Practice of Adult Education is a timely book and an excellent introduction to the field. Drawing from an extensive volume of literature, it provides comprehensive coverage and a clear guide. Graduate students will benefit from it and practitioners will be kept abreast of changes that are occurring.
—Peter Jarvis, professor of continuing education and senior research professor, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

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At last, a comprehensive and readable overview of the field of adult education that will be useful to neophyte and seasoned adult educators, scholars and reflective practitioners. Sharan Merriam and Ralph Brockett have succeeded in a daunting task. (Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, associate professor and director, Center for Adult Learning Services, New College, St. Edward's University)

?This text is a thorough, up-to-date, comprehensive description of the profession and practice of adult education. Drs. Merriam and Brockett combine their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field to deliver this clever, accurate, highly readable and practical text that describes this critical segment of education for adults.? (Dr. Lorraine A. Cavaliere, dean of education and associate professor, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania)

In a postmodern world of crumbling boundaries, here is a book that draws upon the traditions of the field of adult education without being held captive to them. For those wanting to see where adult education has been, where it has gotten to, and where it might be going, Merriam and Brockett's survey offers a great place to begin a critical reading of a complex field of theory and practice. (Arthur L. Wilson, assistant professor in the Department of Adult and Community College Education, College of Education and Psychology, North Carolina State University and co-author of Planning Responsibly for Adult Education)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470181539
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/27/2007
  • Series: CourseSmart Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 211,245
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at theUniversity of Georgia.

Ralph G. Brockett is professor of adult education at theUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Updated Edition.

The Authors.

Part One: Foundations of Adult Education.

1. What Counts as Adult Education?

2. Philosophical Perspectives.

3. Perspectives on the Past.

4. Adult Education in Contemporary Society.

Part Two: The Organization and Delivery of AdultEducation

5. Providers of Formal Adult Education.

6. The Adult Learner and Concepts of Learning.

7. The Global Context of Adult Education.

8. Examining Access and Opportunity.

Part Three: Developing a Professional Field ofPractice.

9. Adult Education as a Developing Profession.

10. The Unacknowledged Side of Practice.

11. Reframing Practice: The Future of Adult Education.

Epilogue: A Decade in Review and Trends for the Future.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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