Self-directed Learning for Adults Research Paper by ABCs

Self-directed Learning for Adults
A discussion on adult self learning.
# 114104 | 2,249 words | 14 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on May 29, 2009 in Education (Adult Education)

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This paper talks about the difficulties and problems that adults encounter when they want to upgrade their skills or knowledge. The author also discusses the psychological, economic, and social factors that adults consider when making the decision to pursue educational opportunities. Decisions making models such as the cost-benefit and utility models are discussed with regards to how they aid in the decision making process. In addition, the paper addresses how school administrators and policy makers can help in removing the obstacles a student might have in the learning process.

From the Paper:

"As the modern workplace continues to change with nearly breathtaking speed, and even social networking and personal connections are more apt to be created online than offline, it has become increasingly critical for adults to make learning basic, technical, and even high-level skills an important part of their personal and professional lives, lest they be left behind on the wrong side of the digital divide. But adults are spending more hours at work, and this makes pursuing educational opportunities difficult when juggling the pressures of running a household, going to a full-time job, and maintaining a healthy life and work balance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Basile, K. & Henry, G. (1984). "Understanding the decision to participation in formal adult education." Adult Education Quarterly. 44: 64-82.
  • Bender, H. & Valentine, T. (1990). Motivational profiles of adult basic education students. Adult Education Quarterly, 40: 78-94.
  • Brookfield, S. (1985). Self-directed learning: From theory to practice. London: Jossey-Bass Inc.
  • Darkenwald, G. & Valentine, T. (1985). "Factor structure of deterrents to public participation in adult education." Adult Education Quarterly, 35: 177-193.
  • Darkenwald, G. & Valentine, T. (1990). "Deterrents to public participation in adult education: Profiles of potential learners." Adult Education Quarterly, 41: 29-41.

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