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Self-direction in Adult Learning

Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice, 1st Edition

By Ralph G. Brockett, Roger Hiemstra


286 pages

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Originally published in 1991, this book provides the reader with a comprehensive synthesis of developments, issues and practices related to a self-direction in learning. it presents strategies for facilitating self-directed learning as an instructional method and for enhancing learner self-direction as an aspect of adult personality. The idea of self-directed learning is not a new one but has received renewed attention in education circles and has particular significance for the adult education sector.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. A Way of Life

2. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Self-Direction in Adult Learning

Part 2: The Underlying Knowledge Base

3. Adult Learning as an Iceberg: Establishing the Knowledge Base on Self-direction

4. Measuring the Iceberg: Quantitative Approaches to Studying Self-direction

5. Beyond the Iceberg: Expanding the Knowledge Base Through Qualitative Approaches

Part 3: Process and Personal Orientation

6. Facilatating Self-directed Learning

7. Enhancing Learner Self-direction

Part 4: Fostering Opportunities for Self-direction in Adult Learning

8. Institutional Perspectives on Self-direction in Learning

9. Policy Issues

10. The Global Context

11. Ethnical Dilemmas in Self-direction

Part 5: A Glance at the Future

12. A Way of Life Revisted

13. Conclusions and Recommendations

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Adult Education

Against a background of profound wordwide social and economic change, the concept of lifelong learning has come increasingly into the public eye. As educators and policy-makers rethink the meaning of education, the purpose of schooling and the place of learning in our everyday lives, educational institutions are opening up to those traditionally deprived of the opportunity. The books in this set, originally published between 1979 and 1992 with many including global case studies reflect upon major issues confronting adult educators worldwide and

  • discuss the role of adult education in social and community action
  • examine the relationship between class and adult education
  • look at the concept of culture and the transmission of cultural values in relations to adult education
  • evaluate the role of adult education in reducing unemployment
  • case studies of adult education programmes in Afria, Asia and Latin America.

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Subject Categories

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