Community building is not a new topic; we often discuss it informally with our colleagues and students. However, scant written material exists–with a focus on adult ESL–documenting how it happens or reconciling theory with practitioners' experiences. In this volume, several practitioners and researchers explain the ways in which they use community–building principles in adult ESL settings. The authors' descriptions of applications of community–building principles can help other adult educators implement these ideas in their teaching practice.
This is the 121st volume of the Jossey–Bass quarterly report series <a href="[external URL] Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education is an indispensable series that explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.
Clarena Larrotta is assistant professor at Texas State University––San Marcos. She teaches in the Adult, Professional, and Community Education Program.
Ann K. Brooks is a professor of adult education at Texas State University––San Marcos.