1st Edition

Human Learning
An Holistic Approach

ISBN 9780415432184
Published March 28, 2007 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Learning is among the most basic of human activities. The study of, and research into, learning forms a central part of educational studies. The well-respected and established authors, Jarvis and Parker, not only focus on the psychological processes of human learning, but they also examine the importance of the relationship between the body and the mind. For the first time, this book considers how our neurological, biological, emotional and spiritual faculties all impact on human learning.

Topics covered include:

  • the biology of learning
  • personality and human learning
  • thinking and learning styles
  • gender and human learning
  • life cycle development and human learning
  • emotional intelligence and learning
  • morality and human learning
  • learning in the social context.

Drawing on material from the worlds of science and social science, and with contributions from international authors, this book will be of interest to academics in a wide range of disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Towards a Philosophy of Human Learning: An Existentialist Perspective  2. The Biology of Learning  3. The Brain and Learning  4. Multiple Intelligences Theory and Adult Literacy  5. The Role of Individual Differences in Approaches to Learning  6. A Comprehensive Understanding of Human Learning  7. Cognition  8. Human Learning: The Inter-Relationship of the Individual and Social Structures  9. Morality and Human Learning  10. Emotional Intelligence and Experiential Learning  11. The Spiritual and Human Learning  12. Women, Fabric Crafts and Fashion: Learning at the Boundaries  13. Life Cycle Development and Human Learning  14. Learning Trajectories: Reconsidering the Barriers to Participation  15. Human Learning: The Themes

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Peter Jarvis is Professor of Continuing Education at the University of Surrey in which he was Head of Department of Educational Studies for a number of years. He is the author and editor of about thirty books, amongst his most recent being The Theory and Practice of Learning; and Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: Theory and Practice (Third Edition). He is founding editor of The International Journal of Lifelong Education, which he co-edits with Stella Parker.

Stella Parker is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham and an independent consultant. Her regular activities include being the Independent Academic Advisor to the Police Promotions Examinations Board and a lay chair for the National Clinical Assessment Authority. Stella is the co-editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education with Professor Peter Jarvis.


'Learning is a common yet complex activity. Peter Jarvis and Stella Parker provide a rich, accessible, diverse, and stimulating set of readings that underscore how learning is an essential part of being human.' - Tom Nesbit, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education

'This book necessitates being on the reading list of any introductory course on human learning.' - Pedagogies: An International Journal