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Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide

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In this updated landmark book, the authors have gathered the seminal work and most current thinking on adult learning into one volume. Learning in Adulthood addresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How do...more
Hardcover, 533 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Jossey-Bass (first published April 1991)
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Roxanne Russell
Chapter 2, “Learning Environments & Learning Concepts,” of Merriam & Caffarella’s Learning in Adulthood provides an overview of the discourse on types of adult learning processes that occur and where adult learning might take place. As an adult learner myself, returning to school after almost ten years as an adult learning facilitator, I was pleased to encounter a textbook that reviews the debates, resources and current movements in a field in which I already have experience. This positi...more
It was a textbook for one of my summer courses, so what can I say? It is a very good book for the course. I learned a great deal, but was it fun? Not exactly!!!!
Required reading for a graduate course I took on foundations of adult education. Good introduction for someone new to the field.
Read this twice, the first edition in Jan. 1998 and the second edition on July 17, 2000. It's very comprehensive.
Aug 18, 2014 Vicky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vicky by: EPSY 407: Adult Learning & Development
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update: I did not totally abandon this book.
Jeffrey Arrowood
This book is a great example of how modernism is ruining education. Every chapter is colored by a modernistic bias, and the end result is the attitude, "Why bother with adult education at all?" I gave it two stars just because of the descriptions of the various theories, though most of the theories are dismissed as not "modernist" enough by the authors.
It was okay, I found some chapters really interesting with really relatable knowledge and other chapters a little too crammed with information that it became too much. I had to read this for a class.
Laurie Niestrath
Perhaps the "bible" for adult educators. I have returned to it numerous time and will continue to use it as timeless information necessary to understand and educate adult learners.
This was the textbook in a graduate level class. I found it hard to read and boring. It is filled with names of scholars and their contributions to adult learning theories.
Roxi Kringle
I keep this book on my desk and refer it frequently. I like the summaries of the different learning theories and the critique of each theory.
For a grad school textbook, it did not suck. I'm sure I wouldn't have read it of I didn't have to for class. I enjoyed it.
Dense and rough going at times but excellent information and interpretation of the literature on adult learning.
Kim Martin
Too much theory. Boring and tedious. A few chapters are informative and interesting enough to hold my interest.
I'm reading this book as part of "the foundation of adult education" course I'm taking
Allison Severson
Selling some of my graduate school books so I'll keep a list here...
For class, informative, almost too much information.
A good reference book. A little dry to read page by page.
a ok-ok book, for my EDU courses.
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