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The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic In Adult Education and Human Resource Development / Edition 8

The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic In Adult Education and Human Resource Development / Edition 8


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The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic In Adult Education and Human Resource Development / Edition 8

How do you tailor education to the learning needs of adults? Do they learn differently from children?

How does their life experience inform their learning processes?

These were the questions at the heart of Malcolm Knowles’s pioneering theory of andragogy which transformed education theory in the 1970s. The resulting principles of a self-directed, experiential, problem-centered approach to learning have been hugely influential and are still the basis of the learning practices we use today. Understanding these principles is the cornerstone of increasing motivation and enabling adult learners to achieve.

This eighth edition has been thoughtfully updated in terms of structure, content, and style. On top of this, online material and added chapter-level reflection questions make this classic text more accessible than ever. The new edition includes:

  • Two new chapters: Neuroscience and Andragogy, and Information Technology and Learning.
  • Updates throughout the book to reflect the very latest advancements in the field.
  • A companion website with instructor aids for each chapter.

If you are a researcher, practitioner or student in education, an adult learning practitioner, training manager, or involved in human resource development, this is the definitive book in adult learning that you should not be without.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415739023
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 183,748
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Malcolm S. Knowles was one of the nation’s leading authorities on adult education and training. He was the founding executive director of the Adult Education Association, and Professor of Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University.

Elwood F. Holton III, Ed.D., is the Jones S. Davis Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Development and Adult Education at Louisiana State University.

Richard A. Swanson is Professor Emeritus of Organization Learning, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Part I: Adult Learning 1. Introduction to Adult Learning 2. Exploring the World of Learning Theory 3. Andragogy: A Theory of Adult Learning 4. The Andragogical Process Model for Learning 5. Andragogy in Practice Part II: The Backdrop of Learning and Teaching Theories 6.Theories of Learning 7.Theories of Teaching 8.Adult Learning Within Human Resource Development Part III: Advancements in Adult Learning 9.New Perspectives on Andragogy 10.Beyond Andragogy 11.Information Technology and Learning 12.Neuroscience and Andragogy Part IV: Practices in Adult Learning 13.Whole–Part–Whole Learning Model 14.Facilitating Learning 15.Guidelines for the Using Learning Contracts 16.Core Competency Diagnostic and Planning Guide 17.Personal Adult Learning Style Inventory 18.Effective Technology-Based Adult Learning Part V: International and Future Perspectives on Adult Learning 19.European Perspectives on Adult Learning (Contributed by John A. Henschke and Mary Cooper) 20.Andragogy: International History, Meaning, Context, and Function (Contributed by Dr. Jost Reischmann) 21.The Future of Andragogy

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