Learning in Adulthood Research Paper by Mira

Learning in Adulthood
The paper describes the complex process of learning in adulthood.
# 119209 | 2,471 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | BG
Published on Apr 11, 2010 in Education (Adult Education)

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This paper discusses learning in adulthood, with an emphasis on self-directed learning. The paper takes a look at why adults seek education. Then the author presents a literature review of pertinent articles related to self-directed learning in adult education. Various goals of self-directed learning are highlighted at this point. The paper also considers the idea that self-directed learning is a process in which the learner assumes primary control and autonomy. Advice for instructors of adult education courses within a self-directed learning environment is presented. The paper concludes that self-directed learning seems most appropriate in adulthood because individuals are mature and more professionally oriented.

Introduction; Purpose of Self-Directed Learning
Literature Review
Factors to Consider in the Process of Designing Self-Directed Learning Environments
Recommendations for Effective Self-Directed Learning

From the Paper:

"Yet the factor of confusion still exists when it comes to self-directed learning in adulthood. One of the main reasons for such confusion is the absence of a coherent theory of self-directed learning. This type of learning is a term recognizing outside factors that prompt the learner to take primary responsibility. At the same time, the importance of internal factors should not be ignored, as they relate to the responsibility that the adult takes for learning-related thoughts and actions (Grow, 1991). A starting point for comprehending self-direction in learning is considering individual personality characteristics as well as the social context in which learning activities are created. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brookfield, S. (1986). Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Grow, G. (1991). Teaching learners to be self-directed: A stage approach. Adult Education Quarterly, Vol. 41 (3): 125-149.
  • Hiemstra, R. (1994). Self-directed learning. In T. Husen & T. N. Postlethwaite (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Education (second edition), Oxford: Pergamon Press.
  • Houle, C. O. (1961). The Inquiring Mind. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Knowles, M. S. (1975). Self-Directed Learning. New York: Association Press.

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