2nd Edition

Contemporary Theories of Learning
Learning Theorists … In Their Own Words

Edited By

Knud Illeris

ISBN 9781138550490
Published March 19, 2018 by Routledge
276 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

This tenth anniversary edition of Knud Illeris’s classic 2008 text is an updated and definitive collection of today’s most influential learning theorists, now containing additional chapters from John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue, Sharan Merriam, Gert Biesta and Carolyn Jackson. This book brings together world-renowned experts, who each present their understanding of what learning is and how human learning takes place, addressing the social, psychological and emotional contexts of learning.

In this clear and coherent overview, Professor Knud Illeris has collated chapters that explain both the complex frameworks in which learning takes place and the specific facets of learning. Each international expert provides either a seminal text or an entirely new précis of the conceptual framework they have developed over a lifetime of study, such as adult learning theory, learning strategies, and the cultural and social nature of learning processes.

Elucidating the key concepts of learning, Contemporary Theories of Learning provides both the perfect desk reference and an ideal introduction for students; it is an invaluable resource for all researchers and academics involved in the study of learning, and provides a detailed synthesis of current learning theories… all in the words of the theorists themselves.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Chapter 1: A Comprehensive Understanding of Human Learning, Knud Illeris  Chapter 2: Learning to be a Person in Society: Learning to be me, Peter Jarvis  Chapter 3: What ‘Form’ Transforms?: A constructive-developmental approach to transformative learning, Robert Kegan  Chapter 4: Expansive Learning: Toward an activity-theoretical reconceptualization, Yrjö Engeström  Chapter 5: Pragmatism: Learning as creative imagination, Bente Elkjaer  Chapter 6: Adult Learning Theory: Evolution and future directions, Sharan B. Merriam  Chapter 7: Optimizing the Effectiveness of Learning Strategies, John A. T. Hattie and Gregory M. Donoghue  Chapter 8: Transformative Learning Theory, Jack Mezirow  Chapter 9: Multiple Approaches to Understanding, Howard Gardner  Chapter 10: Affective Dimensions of Learning, Carolyn Jackson  Chapter 11: Biographical Learning: Within the new lifelong learning discourse, Peter Alheit  Chapter 12: The Life History of the Self, Mark Tennant  Chapter 13: Culture, Mind and Education, Jerome Bruner  Chapter 14: Experience, Pedagogy and Social Practices, Robin Usher  Chapter 15: ’Normal Learning Problems’ in Youth: In the context of underlying cultural convictions, Thomas Ziehe  Chapter 16: A Social Theory of Learning  Chapter 17: Transitional Learning and Relfexive Facilitation, Danny Wildemeersch and Veerle Stroobants  Chapter 18: Interrupting the Politics of Learning, Gert Biesta

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Knud Illeris is Professor Emeritus of Lifelong Learning at Aarhus University, Denmark, and founder of Simonsen & Illeris Educational Consultancy. He is internationally acknowledged as an innovative contributor to learning theory and adult education. He has been an honorary professor at Colombia University in New York and is a member of The International Adult Education Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books, including Understanding Learning and Motivation in Youth (2018); How We Learn, 2nd edition (2017); Learning, Development and Education (2016); Transformative Learning and Identity (2014); and The Fundamentals of Workplace Learning (2011).