- Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Oklahoma Research Ctr for (July 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962248819
- ISBN-13: 978-0962248818
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Lindeman originally published this book in 1926, and like Myles Horton, he was influenced by the world around him. Horton (Adams, 1975) and Lindeman both had first-hand knowledge about Danish developments in adult education. Lindeman was impressed by the folk school that he experienced on a trip to Denmark in 1920. The Volkshochschulen was a place where farmers came to pursue self-improvement. (p., xli) Danes participated in vast cooperatives, and these economic enterprises gave them leisure time to devote to adult education while providing everyone with a comfortable standard of living. At a time in the United States when industrialization and labor movements in the north and Jim Crow in the south perpetuated poverty and Black Sunday looming on the horizon, the Danish Volkshochschulen must have seemed like a utopia. The Volkshochschulen had a tremendous impact on Lindeman and his ideas about the possibilities of adult education.
"The whole of life is learning," writes Lindeman (p. 5). This exemplifies Lindeman's timeless ideas about life-long learning and that he believed adult education is one point on a continuum of learning. In the chapter entitled Those Who Need to be Learners, Lindeman demonstrates his deep insight into how adults learn.Read more ›
I think Lindeman's book has proven its worth. Eighty years later, the adult education themes that Lindeman outlined are still in existence. Namely, that experience/situations not subjects/textbooks should guide the adult learner; education should be tailored to each specific student; education is an art; a teacher should assist a student in learning methods of self-discovery; education is a process, not an end; yes/no questions aren't worth asking; local affairs are more important than distant ones; and act on what you're learning to make positive changes in the society around you.Read more ›
Like many other professionals, I arrived here after reading Knowles' seminal 'The Adult Learner' in which he references Lindeman on several occasions. Like Knowles (and Palmer Parker's 'The Courage to Teach), this work has a very keen sense of being structures around a narrative rather than being merely a linear academic text. Like the aforementioned too, MAE rejects the current trend for verbose, obtrusive and endless referencing and cannibalisation of pre-existing sources and displays sufficient conviction, integrity and confidence it its own thesis so as to present its own ideas, to place its own hypothesis on the table for scrutiny and dissection, something which, alas, almost no modern academic text has the mettle to do. Rather than pontificate any further I shall allow the light of Lindeman to shine through.
Some memorable quotations:
`Adult education is an attempt to discover a new method and create a new incentive for learning; its implications are qualitative, not quantitative. Adult learners are precisely those whose intellectual aspirations are least likely to be aroused by the rigid, uncompromising requirements or authoritative, conventionalised institutions of learning.' (p.28)
`The king, dictator, employer or teacher who does things for others which they might have accomplished for themselves thereby weakens the capacity and worth of citizens, workers and students.' (p.48)
`Our minds [...] are not repositories into which knowledge is dumped in the hope that it can be reclaimed in the hour of need' (p.Read more ›
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Lindeman was a pioneer in the educational field. Too bad we still don't allow our educational system to work as it should to provide quality education for ALL children!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The school book store could not get this 'required' book into my hands in a timely manner and their price was extremely high. Went on Amazon and once again, a good success story. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by sonni
The Meaning of Adult Education by Eduard C. Lindeman is a timeless piece of adult education literature. Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by J. Griego
University of Wyoming
October 31 , 2006
Lindeman, E.C. (1961). Read more
Eduard Lindeman, author of The Meaning of Adult Education, has written a timeless book on adult education. Read morePublished on November 10, 2004 by Krisan M. Crow