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The Profession and Practice of Adult Education. An Introduction

  • ID: 2211192
  • Book
  • July 2007
  • 396 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Profession and Practice of Adult Education

This book provides a comprehensive, authoritative introduction to the field of adult and continuing education. Two of the most respected authors in the field, Sharan B. Merriam and Ralph G. Brockett, provide an insightful analysis of this rapidly developing field and a thorough grounding in its guiding concepts, purposes, and practices of programs. This new paperback edition contains a new Preface and Epilogue which consider developments in five areas globalization, interface between human resource development and adult education, holistic conceptions of adult learning, critical adult education and diversity, and the current state of the profession which have influenced adult education in the past decade.

"A comprehensive and readable overview of the field of adult education that will be useful to neophyte and seasoned adult educators, scholars, and reflective practitioners." Dr. Jovita M. Ross–Gordon, professor and program director, Adult, Professional and Community Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

"Drs. Merriam and Brockett combine their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field to deliver this clever, accurate, highly readable, and practical text." Dr. Lorraine A. Cavaliere, dean of education and associate professor, Gwynedd–Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

"For those wanting to see where adult education has been, where it has gotten to, and where it might be going, Merriam and Brockett′s survey offers a great place to begin a critical reading of a complex field of theory and practice." Arthur L. Wilson, professor of adult education in the Department of Education, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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Preface to the Updated Edition.

The Authors.

Part One: Foundations of Adult Education.

1. What Counts as Adult Education?

2. Philosophical Perspectives.

3. Perspectives on the Past.

4. Adult Education in Contemporary Society.

Part Two: The Organization and Delivery of Adult Education

5. Providers of Formal Adult Education.

6. The Adult Learner and Concepts of Learning.

7. The Global Context of Adult Education.

8. Examining Access and Opportunity.

Part Three: Developing a Professional Field of Practice.

9. Adult Education as a Developing Profession.

10. The Unacknowledged Side of Practice.

11. Reframing Practice: The Future of Adult Education.

Epilogue: A Decade in Review and Trends for the Future.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Sharan B. Merriam
Ralph G. Brockett
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