Academic journal article Adult Learning

Hondzel, C. D. (Ed.). (2013). Diverse Perspectives on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

Academic journal article Adult Learning

Hondzel, C. D. (Ed.). (2013). Diverse Perspectives on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

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Hondzel, C. D. (Ed.). (2013). Diverse Perspectives on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. 142 pp. ISBN 1489541802 (paperback)

Hondzel (2013) edited this collection of essays, Diverse Perspectives on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning, contributed by her graduate students at Western University in Ontario, Canada. In doing so, she modeled a key element of adult education--leveraging the experiences of adult learners to create learning opportunities at the application and reflection level by going beyond the traditional systems of "sit, listen, read, write" (p. i). Her students' varied perspectives resonate in each essay, and the collection's uniting theme is the part emotions and experiences play in the adult learner's point of view.

In the "Preface," Hondzel (2013) invites the reader to explore the diverse views of her contributing students by highlighting the "range of students' age and experiences" (p. i), and acknowledges their individuality. She provides a roadmap for the book, beginning with cognitive topics including neuroplasticity, emotion, student-centered learning, transformative learning theory, and the impact of physical setting on cognition. In Part 2, Hondzel presents the challenges of adult second-language learners. Part 3 delves into context and applied concepts including the role of self-directed professional development and the obligation to create policy supporting professional development. Summing up this collection, the author provides her own essay on adult learning in Chapter 10, "Developing Wisdom in Context: Cognitive, Social, and Reflexive Education in Adulthood."

The author makes a conscious attempt to organize and present the essays in a related manner. Although the compilation is more a collection of topics than an ecosystem, there are merits to the disparate nature. This assemblage of unique perspectives mirrors the unique adult learners who seek higher education. …

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