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The Meaning of Adult Education Paperback – July 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0962248818 ISBN-10: 0962248819

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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Oklahoma Research Ctr for (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962248819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962248818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must read for adult educators.
C. Petek
This seminal work of Lindeman transmits understanding of the foundations of adult education.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Domer on November 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Eduard C. Lindeman's profound insight into teaching methods, learning theories, and diverse motivations for adult learning are beautifully illustrated in his classic work: The Meaning of Adult Education. Lindeman's ideas are original, comprehensive in their approach to the adult learner, and express a breath of understanding of adult education, which was not to be formally developed by theorists until decades later.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Petek on November 28, 2006
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Lindeman's The Meaning of Adult Education is a collection of essays regarding his views on adult education. His background was in social work, and his essays ring with words that suggest how educating adults can bring about change ...to the learners themselves, as well as society. Each one describes how a particular aspect or focus (be it power, knowledge, or freedom, etc) contributes to an adult's goal of growing. For example, in the first chapter he notes that experience should be the textbook for an adult learner, and he condemns the authoritative teaching found in public schools. In the essay on Power he applies it towards organized labor movements. The Self Expression chapter tells adult educators to pay attention to what activities bring joy to their students. This process of growing and changing comes about through adult education. His postscript ties all the essays together with the statement that "Growth is the goal of life. Power, knowledge, freedom, enjoyment, creativity--these and all other immediate ends for which we strive are contributory to the one ultimate goal which is to grow, to become." (p.128).

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Humble on November 10, 2004
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think Lindeman is a great adult education theorist whose work was influenced by his late, nontraditional entry into education. I found his writing to be poetic and inspirational. Almost everything he wrote is quotable and very relevant to adult education today. The Meaning of Adult Education is a book I will keep as a resource to refer to again and again.
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Eduard Lindeman, author of The Meaning of Adult Education, has written a timeless book on adult education. The book was originally published in 1926 but could have been written today in our present insurgence of placing higher priority on adult education. The content and context are both relevant to what we're still researching in regard to how adult students learn differently than tradional age students.

Lindeman has captured the meaning of adult education and given us words of wisdom to use as we continue to strive towards understanding adult students in relation to their learning process, their environment and their success in the classroom.
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The book The Meaning of Adult Education by Eduard C. Lindeman is a must-read for an connoisseur of educational philosophy. On each page something can be found that is worthy of being quoted or saved to read another day. For example: "The real distinction between educated and uneducated persons is not to be found in such superficial criteria as academic degrees, formal study or accumulation of facts; indeed, formal learning may, and often does, lead people into narrow acholarship and out of life." p.110 His philosophy is enlightening and thought provoking.
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