Lifelong Learning at Its Best. Innovative Practices in Adult Credit Programs

  • ID: 2217809
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Education Strategies That Really Work with Adult LearnersBased on a national study funded by the Kellogg Foundation, Lifelong Learning at Its Best examines over thirty of the most successful adult learning programs in the country–and details the kinds of education and training that have proved most effective in keeping the U.S. workforce competitive. The success stories in this indispensable resource reflect best practices for making a difference in adult learning outcomes.
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The Challenge of Postsecondary Education from an Expanding Pool of Learners.

Toward Models of Good Practice.


Individualization and Self–Directed Learning.

Learner–Centered Design.

Competence–Based Focus.

Opportunities for Advanced Professional Development.


Collaborative Relationships Among Providers.

Customizing Programs to Sponsors′ Needs.

Sustaining and Renewing Successful Programs.

Conclusion: Summary of Best Practices and Future Trends in Adult Credit Programs.
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"A must read for anyone in higher education, human resource development, or adult education. This impeccably researched book reflects an encyclopedic and intimate knowledge of innovative adult higher education programs and provides an impressive historical context for such programs. It will be a classic sourcebook for anyone in the field." (Howard Y. Williams, professor emeritus, Human Resource Development and Adult Education, University of Minnesota)

"A comprehensive, careful, and compelling study of adult learners and learning today. Lifelong Learning at Its Best demonstrates why education––from cradle to grave––is so important to our society in coping with the demands of burgeoning technology, addressing global competition, and recognizing the need for ongoing job retraining. It should be required reading for leaders in education, business and industry, and policymaking." (C. Wayne Williams, president, Regents College)

"Lifelong learning is a critically important component of success for any person working today. Dr. Maehl pinpoints the challenges and, through his many examples, shows us the way." (Arlene Beauchemin, senior specialist in human resources, Bell Atlantic)

"Maehl presents a veritable treasure trove of information about credit programs for adults in higher education. The book′s grounding in adult education research and theory, the detailed program descriptions, and the organization of the descriptions around learner needs and learner contexts result in an extremely valuable resource for anyone wishing to know more about how adults are faring in postsecondary education." (Susan Imel, director and adult education specialist, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Ohio State University)
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