Adult Education - An Overview Research Paper by Nicky

An in-depth look at adult education.
# 149714 | 3,215 words | 18 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Education (Adult Education)

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This paper presents and in-depth overview of the purposes and outcomes of adult education. First, the paper debunks the myth that adults are not able to learn successfully. Then, it shows how the human brain is constantly interpreting its surroundings, and as long as it is exposed to new situations and stimuli, new neurological pathways are created. Next, the paper explores effective ways to encourage adults to embrace learning and education, particularly through adult education programs and classes. The paper concludes by stating that adult education is a way to improve individually, to uncover new talents and opportunities, and to find a way to enjoy a potential new career or avenue of self-actualization


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From the Paper:

"Adult education per se is the practice of teaching adults. This can happen in the workplace, through continuing education courses taught at either the college or secondary level; or, for some subjects, at community colleges, life learning centers, libraries, or other community venues. Often scholars refer to adult learning as andragogy, as opposed to pedagogy; and a stratified difference is also made between vocational education, typically workplace related and focused on new tasks, skills, or systems that directly impact one's career, personal development education (e.g. dance, music, scuba diving, etc.), or formal education designed to foster a new career choice, or enhance one's ability to integrate more fully into the community. Within the model of Adult Education, a subset focuses on Disadvantaged Adults, who often take part in all rubrics of andragogy, depending upon their unique situation. Besides the typical resistance factors surrounding adult education, those adults with disadvantages economically, socially, or developmentally have an even more difficult time pursuing additional educational resources..."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Cafarella, R. (2001). Planning Programs for Adult Learners: A Practical Guide for Educators, Trainers, and Staff Developers, 2nd Ed., Jossey Bass.

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