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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. The contents covers: Adult 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. The contents covers: Adult Learning in Today's World Traditional Learning Theories Andragogy Self-Directed Learning Transformative Learning Experience and Learning Body and Spirit in Learning Motivation and Learning The Brain and Cognitive Functioning Adult Learning in the Digital Age Critical Thinking and Critical Perspectives Culture and Context Discussion questions and activities for reflection are included at the end of each chapter.


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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. The contents covers: Adult 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. The contents covers: Adult Learning in Today's World Traditional Learning Theories Andragogy Self-Directed Learning Transformative Learning Experience and Learning Body and Spirit in Learning Motivation and Learning The Brain and Cognitive Functioning Adult Learning in the Digital Age Critical Thinking and Critical Perspectives Culture and Context Discussion questions and activities for reflection are included at the end of each chapter.

30 review for Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great book on the topic. It’s written to be a textbook for adult learner students taking a course. I especially like the summaries and examples at the end of each chapter. I don’t know what it is about authors of textbooks and their refusal to include pictures in their textbooks. That’s my only critique, why are there no pictures? Yes, there are plenty of diagrams and tables...great! No pictures: bad! Ironically (because this book constantly refers to numerous research studies) anyone who looks Great book on the topic. It’s written to be a textbook for adult learner students taking a course. I especially like the summaries and examples at the end of each chapter. I don’t know what it is about authors of textbooks and their refusal to include pictures in their textbooks. That’s my only critique, why are there no pictures? Yes, there are plenty of diagrams and tables...great! No pictures: bad! Ironically (because this book constantly refers to numerous research studies) anyone who looks at the many research studies on the topic would learn very quickly that information in books and presentations that include accompanying and relevant images is retained significantly better and longer by their audiences. Yes I know this is a college level book, but pictures would just improve the acquisition and retention of the content. Yes I know that pictures are more expensive when printing, but isn’t the improved retention worth it to both author and reader? Professors and researchers that still create books in this format are the same people that still give PowerPoint presentations with bullets only. If you’re taking a course or are interested in how adults learn, read this book and Knowles’ book Adult Learning.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen O'Mara

    Adult Learning introduces the reader to adult learning theory: andragogy, self-directed learning, transformative learning, experience and learning, body & spirit in learning, motivation and learning, the brain and cognitive functioning, adult learning in the digital age, critical thinking & critical perspectives and culture and context. From the information contained in this book, designers are able to create learning objects that move the learner through the experience so that they grasp the ne Adult Learning introduces the reader to adult learning theory: andragogy, self-directed learning, transformative learning, experience and learning, body & spirit in learning, motivation and learning, the brain and cognitive functioning, adult learning in the digital age, critical thinking & critical perspectives and culture and context. From the information contained in this book, designers are able to create learning objects that move the learner through the experience so that they grasp the new information and are able to demonstrate understanding in an assessment. Each of the theories provides the framework of learning that helps the designer move the learner to understanding.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    A great book, unlocking the theories behind adult learning called Andragogy. I found each chapter building on the next, and providing a great overview of today's leading theories on how to get the most out of an adult education, and how to use these theories in my own classrooms in the future. Well done! A great book, unlocking the theories behind adult learning called Andragogy. I found each chapter building on the next, and providing a great overview of today's leading theories on how to get the most out of an adult education, and how to use these theories in my own classrooms in the future. Well done!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Martinez

    If you are an adult, re-entering academia, or a student entering the adult teaching arena or a corporate trainer; this is a book you must read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Great read for anyone leading trainings or courses for adults. It's a quick read with the necessary theory but also a ton of great ideas that can be applied immediately. Great read for anyone leading trainings or courses for adults. It's a quick read with the necessary theory but also a ton of great ideas that can be applied immediately.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The main text for school. It's full of basic but important structural information to guide the adult education journey. The main text for school. It's full of basic but important structural information to guide the adult education journey.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Hall

    I read this for my Masters course at college. It was beneficial, but not as much as I'd hoped. I read this for my Masters course at college. It was beneficial, but not as much as I'd hoped.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    Highly recommend for anyone studying adult learning: a comprehensive and interesting overview.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was pretty dry reading, but that's probably due to the fact that I'm not a fan of theory rather than the writing. The putting theory to practice portion was more basic that I would have hoped for, but would be useful to those new to adult learning or education. This book was pretty dry reading, but that's probably due to the fact that I'm not a fan of theory rather than the writing. The putting theory to practice portion was more basic that I would have hoped for, but would be useful to those new to adult learning or education.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    This was easy to read and understand. I felt like it was a good resource for adult learning foundations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    An excellent review of the latest theories about adult learning. Read it if you teach anyone over the age of 20. Unlike many books about education, this one flows along pretty well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elmer Ragus

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Weiss

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brent Colby

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber at Fall Into Books

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Triplett

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Dean

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Lunceford

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margot

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Palmer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Justin M Reinert

  24. 4 out of 5

    RoseAnn Vaughan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doug

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tere

    Very good overview of adult learning philosophy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelin G Bates

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mollie Holland

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes Dia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Tyson

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