This is the first in-depth treatment of the connection between the literature of adult development and the practice of adult education. It is clearly and accessibly written, and it helped me understand better how developmental processes affect adults' capacity for self-direction and their ability to learn from experience. I recommend it to all who take learner-centered education seriously.
?Stephen Brookfield, distinguished professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
About the Author
Mark Tennant is dean of the University Graduate School at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published numerous articles in international journals on the theme of life-span development and learning. His book Psychology and Adult Learning won the 1990 Cyril O. Houle Award for outstanding literature in adult education.
Philip Pogson is a director of 'The Leading Partnership,' a consulting firm specializing in strategic management and business development based in Sydney, Australia. He has held senior human resources and organizational development roles in the private and public sectors and in vocational training for people who are disadvantaged and unemployed long-term.
Table of ContentsRelationships Between Development and Learning in Adulthood.
Intellectual and Cognitive Development During the Adult Years.
Practical Intelligence and the Development of Expertise.
Theories of the Life Course.
The Life Course as a Social Construct.
Promoting Autonomy and Self-Direction.
Adult Education and the Reconstruction of Experience.
Establishing an "Adult" Teacher-Learner Relationship.
Teaching for Life-Span Development.