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Best Practices in Adult Learning

  • ID: 2209465
  • Book
  • 214 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A growing dichotomy exists in the academy when it comes to adult learners between those who recognize the dynamism of this student population and those who don′t with strong convictions expressed on either side. There is a compelling need to improve programs and compare them with benchmarks, while still maintaining the fast–paced competition for adult learners. These factors have helped bring greater attention to the crucial need to identify best practices in adult learning programs especially as the stakes among competitors continue to rise.

Best Practices in Adult Learning is written for everyday practitioners: faculty and administrators already committed to adult learners but looking for greater details on how to bring their programs to a new level. This book provides focused, hands–on guidance and applications on how to implement principles of best practices in an adult learner–focused unit or institution.


  • Part I addresses the fundamental aspects of any program and is devoted to issues that relate to institutional vision. Each chapter is intended to answer the question, "What do I want my program to contain or deliver?"
  • Part II provides a hands–on set of applications that are designed to strengthen daily practices and options.
  • Part III underscores the importance of faculty development to the health and vitality of successful adult programs.
  • Part IV presents straightforward, diverse, and immediate technological applications for adult learning programs.
  • Part V recognizes the increasing importance of senior learners the fastest growing demographic in America today.
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About the Authors.


Part I: laying the Foundation for Best Practices.

1. Applications of Multiple Intelligences for Adult Learners (Linda Anderson).

2. Bridging the Gap: Improving Graduation Rates in a Degree Completion Program (Sean Warner).

3. Program Planning and Review in Adult Higher Education: Using Program Models Effectively (Patricia R. Brewer).

Part II: Defining Moments in Adult Learner Programs.

4. Strategic Partnerships: Successfully Managing Collaborative Ventures in Adult Education (Bruce Pietrykowski).

5. Recruiting and Admitting Adult Learners: They′re Not Just Older—They′re Different (Iris H. Kelsen, Lawrence T. Lesick).

6. Adult Learner Advising: the Vital Link (Sue Grunau).

7. the Introductory transformation Course for Adult Learners: Critical and Essential (Lee Bash).

Part III: Faculty Development: A Key to Instructional Effectiveness.

8. Adjunct Faculty Training (Stuart Noble–Boodman, W. Hubbard Segur).

9. Assuring Instructional Effectiveness. (Walter Pearson).

Part IV: Technological Applications.

10. The Role of Distance Education in Enhancing Accessibility for Adult Learners (Karen I. Rhoda).

11. Computer–Mediated Communication: A Quest for Quality (Margie Martyn).

Part V: Adult Learning Includes Senior Learners.

12. Meeting the Needs of Older Adult Learners: The Development of a Learning in retirement Institute (Charlene L. Martin).


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Lee Bash
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