Learning from Our Lives is the first professional guide to using educational biography with adult learners. It offers engaging anecdotes and narratives, insightful interpretations and analyses, and numerous examples of different biographical approaches. Written for practitioners who conduct adult educational programs in formal or informal settings, this book can help teachers, trainers, career counselors, and human resource professionals to empower learners in assuming greater responsibility for their education and development. Author Pierre Dominicé draws valuable lessons from his work with educational biography to describe the multiple ways in which adults think and learn. His explorations help educators to stay focused on learning and not just teaching.
Understanding Biographical Approaches to Learning.
From Life History to Educational Biography.
How Adults Educate Themselves.
Exploring Adults′ Ways of Thinking.
Learners′ Needs, Motivations, and Dreams.
Helping Learners Put Words to Their Lives.
Giving Evaluation Another Meaning.
Conclusion: Creating Conditions for Successful Learning in Adult Life.
"′To thine own self be true.′ Learning from Our Lives is a brilliant tribute to the value of teachers intentionally guiding students to sharpen what I believe Howard Gardner has named intrapersonal intelligence." (Margaret Holt, assistant professor, University of Georgia, Athens)
"Dominice confirms and articulates what adult educators have always known––the life experience of adult learners can be a reservoir of insight, a powerful motivator, and an integrating influence in the classroom. Learning from Our Lives offers a valuable contribution to the growing dialogue centering around narrative approaches to education, autobiographical learning, and ways in which autobiographical activities stimulate personal growth and transformative learning. It is a valuable resource for both program developers and teachers of adults." (Marsha Rossiter, associate director, Division of Continuing Education and Extension, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)