Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring

Advising Adults: Telling or Coaching?
Whether we teach or advise students-and some would say advisors are teaching-we have a responsibility to enhance students' collegiate learning experiences by understanding who they are and what needs they have. The adult learner is not an exception...
Best Practices for Online Facilitation
Imagine you are helping a 20-something year-old student logging on to his/her first online course. Then, imagine you are helping a 40- or 50-something year-old student logging on to his/her first online course. What are the differences? The first...
Best Practices in Adult and Continuing Education: Dialogues about What Works
One of the best aspects of conferences, workshops, and other professional gatherings is when colleagues come together over a cup of tea or glass of wine just to talk about teaching, students, new technologies, administrative challenges or about...
Defining Best Practice in the Administration of an Adult Learning Institution
In the past, post-secondary institutions have been geared toward providing for the educational needs of young adults or post-adolescents somewhere between the ages of 18 and 22, often dubbed the "traditional" college-aged student. Many of us who...
Developing Ethical Adult Educators: A Re-Examination of the Need for a Code of Ethics
Consider the following fictitious scenarios involving adult educators: * Nancy just found out her literacy student's husband is stealing money from the church where he is employed. Nancy could choose to turn him in, but instead she encourages...
Future Directions for Collaborative Strategies
Like all politics, adult and continuing education is local. Future directions for the field and its national associations should benefit local programs and the adult learners they serve. This column explores features of collaboration that could...
Planning for Communities: Practice and Politics in the Real World
I am in the beginning stages of planning a wedding--my second--so it would seem that the process would be easier this time. However, as my fiancee and I start to plan this event, it is obvious that our planning is not a clear process. Numerous questions...
Writing in Jail: A Chance for Reflection
My first experience teaching in a correctional facility was in 1992. I made a 100-mile round trip each Thursday for one semester to reach the prison and then return to my home in Martin, Tenn. At the time, I was teaching in the English Department...
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