The Adult Learner at Work: The Challenges of Lifelong Education in the New Millennium

The Adult Learner at Work: The Challenges of Lifelong Education in the New Millennium

The Adult Learner at Work: The Challenges of Lifelong Education in the New Millennium

The Adult Learner at Work: The Challenges of Lifelong Education in the New Millennium

Synopsis

"A comprehensive guide to the context, psychology and methods of learning for the workplace completely revised on the basis of the changing needs of a new decade."

Excerpt

Whether we will acquire the understanding and wisdom necessary to come to grips with the scientific revelations and progress of the twentieth century will be the most important challenge of the twenty-first century.

Karl Sagan

This book is aimed at a wide audience of managers, human resource practitioners, trainers and teachers in industry, commerce, government and TAPE. It should provide them with a greater understanding of the role of workplace training and lifelong education in the contemporary context of technological, economic and industrial change. It also provides broad coverage of the psychology of the adult learner and general strategies of teaching and instruction that are consistent with that psychological information. It is now six years since the first edition of this text was published. Since then there have been considerable changes in many areas with which the book was concerned. I am grateful to the publishers for giving me the opportunity to bring the text up to date.

Since the first edition of this text appeared in 1995, global competition, the use of interactive communication technologies and the application of technology in production, distribution and services have been on the increase, all of which is creating new challenges for employers, managers, employees, those seeking work and those wishing to improve existing skills, develop new ones and expand their knowledge for the twenty-first century. Success requires high-performance workplaces that allow employees to operate with greater autonomy and accountability. These new forms of organisation and management cannot succeed without additional investments in the skills of employees. The workplace of the twenty-first century will require better educated and better skilled people, capable of flexibly filling new jobs and roles to meet changing knowledge and skill requirements.

For those teaching in the post-compulsory years of vocational training and adult . . .

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