Adult Learning

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 4, Fall

A Collaborative Research Effort in Self-Directed Learning
This article tells the story of how an effort to help a group of doctoral students find a way to complete their dissertation research evolved into something that has made it possible for a growing number of individuals to make contributions to scholarship...
Assessing the Quality of Internet Resources: Challenges and Useful Tools
Patrick was 62 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the three months that followed his initial diagnosis, he did everything he could to become an expert on the disease. He started doing his research as soon as he got home from the doctor's...
Best Practices in Interviewing
In 2003, I conducted a qualitative study that examined the experiences of stakeholders connected to two community-based adult literacy programs. My 70 research participants belonged to seven stakeholder categories as follows: 37 learners (adult...
Contributions of the International Self-Directed Learning Symposia
The interest in self-direction in learning has a long and varied history. Regardless of changes in educational policies and approaches, concern with the development of learners who can effectively continue to learn on their own throughout their...
Interdependence
We each interpret the world around us through the lens of our experience and values. The Futures effort seeks to broaden our perspective on the adult and continuing education field with an emphasis on interdependence, unity, collaboration, and societal...
Mentoring toward Self-Directedness
Mentoring can be a significant process in assisting individuals toward self-directedness and self-directed learning (SDL). For many, the idea of mentoring is grounded in the functions of giving advice, information, and personal and professional...
More Than Three Decades of Self-Directed Learning: From Whence Have We Come?
Little did I know in the early seventies when I first read Allen Tough's work (1971) that I would be off on an almost 35-year involvement with self-directed learning (SDL). However, three things took place in 1972 triggering this career focus. ...
New Perspectives on Self-Directed Learning
For more than three decades, self-directed learning (SDL) has been at the forefront of research and practice in adult education. Although there is nothing new about adults taking major responsibility for decisions about when, where, why, and how...
Self-Directed Learning Projects of Women on Welfare as Political Acts
Two Adult Educators Adult Educator 1: "I made all interesting discovery about women on welfare in the training program. They are actually independent learners attempting to improve their lives and communities." Adult Educator 2. "Single mothers...
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