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The Profession and Practice of Adult Education: An Introduction (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education) Kindle Edition

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At last, a comprehensive and readable overview of the field of adult education that will be useful to neophyte and seasoned adult educators, scholars and reflective practitioners. Sharan Merriam and Ralph Brockett have succeeded in a daunting task. (Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, associate professor and director, Center for Adult Learning Services, New College, St. Edward's University)

?This text is a thorough, up-to-date, comprehensive description of the profession and practice of adult education. Drs. Merriam and Brockett combine their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field to deliver this clever, accurate, highly readable and practical text that describes this critical segment of education for adults.? (Dr. Lorraine A. Cavaliere, dean of education and associate professor, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania)

In a postmodern world of crumbling boundaries, here is a book that draws upon the traditions of the field of adult education without being held captive to them. For those wanting to see where adult education has been, where it has gotten to, and where it might be going, Merriam and Brockett's survey offers a great place to begin a critical reading of a complex field of theory and practice. (Arthur L. Wilson, assistant professor in the Department of Adult and Community College Education, College of Education and Psychology, North Carolina State University and co-author of Planning Responsibly for Adult Education)

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“A comprehensive and readable overview of the field of adult education that will be useful to neophyte and seasoned adult educators, scholars, and reflective practitioners.”--Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, professor and program director, Adult, Professional and Community Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

 

“Drs. Merriam and Brockett combine their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field to deliver this clever, accurate, highly readable and practical text.”--Dr. Lorraine A. Cavaliere, dean of education and  associate professor, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

 

“For those wanting to see where adult education has been, where it has gotten to, and where it might be going, Merriam and Brockett’s survey offers a great place to begin a critical reading of a complex field of theory and practice.”--Arthur L. Wilson  , professor of adult education in the Department of Education, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

 

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470181532
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK9XO2
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Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Learning in Adulthood, The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, and Third Update on Adult Learning Theory.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia N. Wilson on October 3, 2012
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I am teaching an Introduction to Adult Education Practice course. This book is a very good introduction to the field of Adult Education, especially for undergraduate students. It generally covers many of the philosophies, theories, assumptions, critiques and issues concerning Adult Ed. It does not cover general topics for actually developing Adult Education courses, programs, etc. So, there's no sections about needs assessments, objective development, content development, or evaluation...so, if you're looking for those topics to be covered, you may want to choose a different book. This one sticks to major topics concerning the field of Adult Education as a Profession.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LitGirl123 on November 2, 2008
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I purchased this book for a graduate course in post-secondary education. The book is very well written and the authors obviously know their field. However, so far the book feels hurried. The authors only touch on complex ideals without explaining them. The theories of adult education are many and varied and need a more thourough description than these authors afford them. For the new student, this book leaves one feeling confused and rushed. As a student, I'm not very impressed with it's content.
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The book was written at the end of the 90s, and this updated version only has a new epilogue. You'd be fine to get the older edition to save some money. Most of the concepts are still very relevant though even if the information is a bit dated. This is a great overview of adult education (professional) in the US. If you are more interested in adult learning instead of established adult education practices, I'd go for Merriam and Caffarella's Learning in Adulthood book.
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By Bobby Allen Hill on April 15, 2014
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If you are taking this class read the book well because I had to read all of it to do well on the questions. So it is a great book and the correct year.
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By LonerGirl on December 21, 2012
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Each section presents information clearly in a readable, non-erudite manner. The chapter synopses reinforce the presented information. I used this as a textbook in an Adult Education Masters course. I recommend it for those new to the profession.
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By Dava A. Powell on November 17, 2001
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I needed this book for an online course. It was interesting that this book could spur so many new ideas that I have now. I learned that many historical figures that I have admired as authors, performers, and scientists, could be adult educators because of the stances to think, to change, and to influence others in society.
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I have really discovered a way to save money by purchasing my textbooks with Amazon. Same quality as the campus book store with a much lower sticker price.

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