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Psychology and Adult Learning

3rd Edition

By Mark Tennant, Mark Tennant


166 pages

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The third edition of this popular book examines the role of psychology in informing adult education practice and has been fully updated to reflect the effect of changes in the structure of society, globalisation, technology and the impact of postmodernism.

It explores the traditions of key psychological theories and discusses issues and problems in applying them to an understanding of adult learning and development. It also examines the formation of identities and places increased emphasis on what it means to be a lifelong learner. Dealing with adult learning in a variety of contexts, the topics considered include:

  • humanistic psychology
  • self directed learners
  • psychoanalytic approaches
  • the formation of identities
  • development of intelligence
  • learning styles
  • behaviourism
  • group dynamics and group facilitators
  • critical awareness.

About the Authors

Mark Tennant is Professor of Adult Education and Dean of the University Graduate School at the University of Technology, Sydney. His academic focus has been on developing a critical understanding of psychology in its application to pedagogy, with an emphasis on adult education contexts.

Previous visiting posts include Eighth Annual Visiting Distinguished Professor in Adult Education, School of Education, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Visiting Professor (Summer School), Department of Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

He has also won the Cyril O. Houle Award for Literature in Adult Education, which is an international award conferred each year under the auspices of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, and the Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Technology Sydney, 1992.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology