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This interdisciplinary handbook is the first to provide an overview of research and theory about formal and informal adult learning. Jan Sinnott and a team of experts from different fields analyze and synthesize the state of the art today--how mature and aging adults learn and what their motivations are. This major reference examines important theories and models, learning in specific life contexts, the influence of aging on learning, and the future of adult lifespan learning. Extensive reference materials have been developed for students, teachers, policymakers, and practitioners to use in the fields of gerontology, psychology, education, and counseling.
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Theories and Models
Chaos Theory as a Framework for Understanding Adult Lifespan Learning by John C. Cavanaugh and Lisa C. McGuire
The Future Impact of the Communication Revolution by Lynn Johnson
The Educated Adult in Today's World: Wisdom and the Mature Learner by Deirdre A. Kramer and Weizhen Tang Bacelar
Models of Collaboration and Adult Reasoning by Diane M. Lee
Expanding the Circle of Caring: From Local to Global by John A. Meacham and Cynthia Boyd
Learning and Life Experience: The Connection in Adulthood by Sharon B. Merriam
New Science Models for Teaching Adults: Teaching as a Dialogue with Reality by Jan D. Sinnott
The Relationship of Postformal Thought, Adult Learning, and Lifespan Development by Jan D. Sinnott
Learning and Spirituality in Adulthood by Patricia S. Weibust and L. Eugene Thomas
Learning in Specific Life Contexts
Adult Learning Environments: Perspectives from Environmental Psychology by Jack Demick and Nancy A. Nazzaro
Adult Learning in the Workplace by Lawrence Froman
Adults in College by Carolyn Harriger
Learning in Psychotherapy: A Batesonian Perspective by Aaron T. Hogue, Laura S. Bross, and Jay S. Efran
Nonformal Adult Learning in International Development Projects by Lynn Johnson
Journal Writing as Social Interaction: Writing to Learn in the Workplace by Phyllis Kahaney and Kathleen Heinrich
Becoming an Expert: Reconsidering the Place of Wisdom in Teaching Adults by Diane M. Lee
Exploring Adult Learning from Learners' Perspectives by Laura V. Maciuika, Michael Basseches, and Abigail Lipson
Enhancing Adult Critical Thinking Skills Through Cooperative Learning by Barbara Millis, Neil Davidson, and Philip Cottell
Recovery of Memory After Traumatic Brain Injury by Rick Parenté and Mary Stapleton
Empathy and Listening Skills: A Developmental Perspective on Learning to Listen by Ariel Phillips, Abigail Lipson, and Michael Basseches
Health Behavior Change: Individual Factors, Planning Models, and Community Health Promotion by Renee Royak-Schaler and Patricia Maloney Alt
Adult Education in the Third World: The Case of Adult Literacy by Dennis N. Thompson
The Influence of Aging on Learning
Aging and Adult Learning in the Laboratory by David Arenberg
Adult Age Differences in Cognitive Strategies: Adaptive or Deficient? by Cynthia A. Berg, Paul A. Klaczynski, Katerina S. Calderone, and JoNell Strough
Cognitive Aspects and Interventions in Alzheimer's Disease by John C. Cavanaugh and Romy Nocera
The Effects of Training on Basic Cognitive Processes: What Do They Tell Us About the Models of Lifespan Cognitive Development? by Nancy W. Denney
Age Declines in Memory Self-Efficacy: General or Limited to Particular Tasks and Measures? by Robin Lea West and Jane Berry
The Future of Adult Lifespan Learning: Learning Institutions Face Change by Jan D. Sinnott
...The book is essential for teachers and researchers interested in a framework of adult lifespan learning broader than that of any single discipline. It is also essential for under-graduates, graduates, and the general public who wish to understand how human learning continues beyond childhood and adolescent phases of life.
The strong point of this book is that it truely lives up to its claim of addressing interdisciplinary adult life span learning.....chapters in this volume are well written and acessible to students and professionals in a variety of fields who would be interested in adult learning....this volume features such a variety of ideas applied to so many diverse adult learning situations...
Sometimes we find excellent work on adult learning in unexpected places, and this is certainly true for this book. This book should be especially helpful for individuals interested in the implication of constructivism in a variety of adult learning contexts. Emphasis on such learning content as wisdom, caring, and spirituality may make the book particularly helpful to persons with those interests, because such topics are often dealt with in general discussions of adult learning. The book probably will be most helpful to those interested in the older learner and in learning in mainstream U.S. culture.
...an excellent resource for health professionals who are interested in adult education and age-related research. I highly recommend this text as a reference.
Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1994 —