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The Adult Learner


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Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1 Introduction Part 1: The Roots of Andragogy Chapter 2Exploring the World of Learning Theory Chapter 3Theories of Learning Chapter 4A Theory of Adult Learning: Andragogy Chapter 5Theories of Teaching Chapter 6An Andragogical Process Model for Learning Part 2: Advancements in Adult Learning Chapter 7Andragogy in Practice Chapter 8Adult Learning within Human Resource Development Chapter 9New Perspectives on Andragogy Chapter 10 Beyond Andragogy Chapter 11The Future of Andragogy Part 3: Practice in Adult Learning Chapter 12Whole-Part Whole Learning Model Chapter 13From teacher to facilitator of learning Chapter 14Making things happen by releasing the energy of others Chapter 15Some guidelines for the use of learning contracts Chapter 16Core competency Diagnostic and Planning Guide Chapter 17Personal Adult Learning Style Inventory Chapter 18Training Delivery Problems & Solutions: An analysis of Novice & Expert Trainers Chapter 19A Model for Developing Employee Work Effectiveness in New Roles and Environments ReferencesIndex

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* Definitive classic, 5th edition sold over 20,000 copies. * Essential reading for a wide audience of practitioners and students in the field of adult learning and human resource development. * Incorporates Knowles'classic theories on adult learning alongside the latest advances in the field.

About the Author

The late Malcolm S. Knowles, Ph.D., was one of the leading authorities on adult education in the second half of the twentieth century. He wrote the first major accounts of informal adult education and the history of adult education in the United States, authoring more than 200 articles and 18 books. He is famous for his adaptation of the theory of Andragogy as a conceptual basis for adult education and learning, and was a significant force in reorienting adult educators from 'educating people' to 'helping them learn'. Elwood F. "Ed" Holton holds an impressive record of accomplishments in adult and continuing education and human resource development. He is the founding editor of Human Resource Development Review, a past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development and author of over 200 publications, including academic and professional articles in HRD, performance improvement and psychology journals. In addition to his academic role as the Jones S. Davis Distinguished Professor of Human Resource, Leadership and Organization Development at Louisiana State University, he has more than twenty years' HRD and performance improvement consulting experience with a wide variety of private, public, and non-profit organizations. Richard Swanson is a past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), founding editor of Advances in Developing Human Resources, a scholarly journal sponsored by AHRD, and founding editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly, the research journal of AHRD and American Society for Training and Development. The AHRD presented him with the Outstanding HRD Scholar Award in 2000 and in 2001 he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was inducted into AHRD's Human Resource Development Scholar Hall of Fame. He has performed consulting work for leading US corporations and is an internationally recognized authority on organizational change, performance improvement and financial analysis of human capital investments.


"A great update of a classic. Should be requred reading for anyone involved with adult learning in schools, businesses and communities." Sam Stern, Professor & Dean, The New School of Education, Oregon State University, USA

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