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For nearly three decades, Learning in Adulthood has been the definitive guide in the field of adult education. Now in its fourth edition, this comprehensive volume is fully revised to reflect the latest developments in theory, research, and practice. 

The authors integrate foundational research and current knowledge to present fresh, original perspectives on teaching and learning in adulthood. Written by internationally-recognized experts, this market-leading guide draws from work in sociology, philosophy, critical social theory, psychology, and education to provide an inclusive overview of adult learning.

This book is accessible for listeners new to adult education, yet suitably rigorous for those more familiar with the subject. Content is organized into four practical parts, covering topics such as the social context of adult learning, self-directed and transformational learning, postmodern and feminist perspectives, cognitive development in adulthood, and more. 

Offering the most comprehensive single-volume treatment of adult learning available, this landmark book offers a wide-ranging perspective on adult learning, synthesizes the latest thinking and work in the field, includes coverage of the sociocultural perspectives of adult learning, and explores the broader social implications of adult education.

©2020 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2020 Tantor

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Too much focus on personal identity

There is too much focus on personal identity development, and not too much on learning within the classroom context. Some good points covered, but very long winded to grab those points out of the context out of what the narrator is saying.

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  • Esben
  • 18-03-2021

Dont... just dont...

I'm a full time practitioner of adult education and I had high hopes for this title.
Unfortunately it's long winded, full of virtue signaling, and with so little actual content about insights into the science, methodologies or practice of adult education.

I'll be claiming my credit back for this one...

A couple of "gems" from the book:
"Indigenous scientific wisdom"
"African american women use stories to educate their children - try doing that if you´re a teacher for african american women" (I felt really weird about this piece of information; is it derogatory? Is it a stereotype? Or is it sound factual advice?)
"We should strive for a diverse, multicultural... etc.. tolerant society"

(Maybe some practitioners of adult education will find the above information relevant and helpful - and then this book may be for you...)


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