Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall

AAACE: Its Legacy and Future Direction
In a 1982 issue of "Lifelong Learning: The Adult Years," Howard Y. McClusky, the first president (1951-52) of the Adult Education Association, reflected on the early condition of adult education in the United States. He observed that it was "largely...
Can a Self-Directed Learner Be Independent, Autonomous and Interdependent?: Implications for Practice
One of the most popular beliefs in adult education is the value placed on self-directed learning. Self-direction is assumed to be a desirable characteristic of adult learners and adult educators are encouraged to promote self-direction in their teaching....
Characteristics of Adults as Learners Are Not Culturally Defined
I can remember at the beginning of my graduate school experience, what I would like to consider only a few years ago, I was introduced to the writings of Malcom Knowles. At that time his "Modern Practice of Adult Education" was only a few years old...
Combating Workplace Ageism
In an investigation of decision making on training, researchers gave business students in their 20s an exercise in which they were to make decisions about the imaginary employees of a fictitious company Employees were described as either "older" or...
Computer Assisted Adult Interactive Learning in a Multi-Cultural Environment
With the declining cost and continued convergence of computing and communication technologies, and the availability of networked, computer multimedia communication, instruction supported by Web and e-mail interactive technology has been widely adopted...
Learning Diversity: A Personal Journey
One of the difficult things required of us in life, and especially as adult educators, is to learn to understand experiences that stand outside of our own. As a white woman who is tall and reasonably articulate, I find that I am often accorded automatic...
Learning to Lead from the Middle: An Apprenticeship in Diversity
Cultural difference is sometimes such a subtle thing that we can walk right by it without seeing it. It leaps out at us if it comes packaged in different coloured skin, ethnic dress or foreign speech cadences. Rural and urban values and lifestyles,...
Orientation for Teachers New to Adult Education
Orientation for Teachers New to Adult Education [interactive CD-ROM]. Hartford: Capitol Region Education Council, 1999. Available: CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106. "Orientation" is almost too ordinary a word for the blend of colors,...
Post-Secondary Education for Indigenous Populations
Educational levels for Aboriginal people in Canada, though they have been improving significantly, remain low in comparison with the general population. The concentration of Aboriginal people is highest in Canada's prairie provinces, where it reaches...
Praxis: An Adult Education Practicum
Praxis is a term quite frequently associated with the field of education, particularly teacher education. According to Merriam-Webster, praxis means "doing, action" and "the exercise or practice of an art, skill or science." However, for the purposes...
The Cultural Repertoire of Adult Learning
Nearly 20 years ago, I packed my belongings and left my home state of Minnesota. Shortly afterward, while attending a wedding in another state, I was shocked to discover there would be no polka dance band at the reception. "What," I asked, "do you...
Which Way Adult Education? the Complexities of Culture and Action
Educators of all populations are constantly confronted with how to help individuals make meaning of their experience, both in informal and non-formal settings. Adults bring to their learning situations complex and varied experiences that have both...