Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter

Adult Education Philosophy Informs Practice
So, what is "philosophy"? And what does it have to do with adult education the one hand, it seems like a subject for elite academics, far removed from the everyday practices of adult educators. On the other hand, ask any adult educator what the purpose...
One's Philosophy: How Can You Know You're Doing It, If You Don't Know What "It" Is?
Whenever I encounter the term philosophy, my mind immediately goes to the classes I had to take in college that were part of my general education but you could not figure out what they had to do with preparing me for a career or life. When I imagine...
Our Philosophy: Are We Really Too Busy to Talk about What We Believe?
My job, like many today in adult education, is extremely varied. I run an extension center in a downtown area for a state university. I manage the facility, the staff, the scheduling of the credit classes, corporate training programs, space rentals...
Philosophy and the Adult Educator
This issue of Adult Learning is devoted to our philosophies of practice. How we, as teachers, facilitators, program planners and managers, operationalize our knowledge of practice through our values and beliefs that help to shape it. Elias and Merriam's...
Philosophy and the Instructional Process
Have you ever had a learner come up to you after a class, workshop, seminar or training activity where you were the instructor and ask you why you approach the learning encounter in such a way? I have, many times. While they don't always agree with...
Philosophy, Dynamics and Context: Program Planning in Practice
Ever since Tyler (1949) published his curriculum class notes, alternative versions of his questions have been guiding the practice of program planning in adult education. Caffarella's (1994, 1998) interactive model for planning programs suggests a...
Philosophy in Program Management
Philosophy keeps me well-informed regarding the direction of my program management decisions. Philosophy also keeps me well-informed and considerate regarding the needs of my staff. To many, such a reliance on philosophy, I know, seems somewhat high-brow....
Philosophy Is Not a Diagnosis
Being a pragmatic lot, adult educators often ignore philosophical issues, concentrating instead on what works. When we do discuss philosophy at all, it seems to be in terms of individual ideologies, points of view and theories in action, leaving out...
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