Solidly grounded in theory and research, but concise and practice-oriented, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice is perfect for master’s-level students and practitioners alike. Sharan Merriam and Laura Bierema have infused each chapter with practical applications for instruction which will help readers personally relate to the material.
“Anyone who teaches professional-level graduate students will love the practical focus and application-rich activities at the end of each chapter in this book—it will become my mainstay text for adult learning theory and practice.” —Terry Carter, associate dean of professional instruction and faculty development, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
From the Back Cover
Filling a gap in the current literature, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice offers an overview of the major theories and research in adult learning. Written in highly accessible language and designed to be practical for use in both formal and informal settings, this important resource reviews the forces that influence today’s adult learner including globalization, the knowledge society, technology, and demographic changes. Comprehensive in scope, the book summarizes five foundational learning theories and then examines the more recent breakthrough theories of adult learning such as andragogy and transformative learning.
Sharan Merriam and Laura Bierema present an understanding of how life experiences and learning are integrally related and review the role of motivation and learning. They also include some of the exciting new work in neuroscience and learning and explore the brain’s cognitive functioning including memory, intelligence, cognitive development, and wisdom. In addition, the authors address the pervasiveness of technology and reveal how the influence of our digital age both engages and distracts our ability to learn.
At the end of each chapter, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice offers activities and resources for readers to explore their own learning as well as to use in instructional settings.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 111813057X
- ISBN-13: 978-1118130575
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches