Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. This is often done in the workplace, or through 'extension' or 'continuing education' courses at secondary schools, or at a College or University. The practice is also often referred to as 'Training and Development'. It has also been referred to as andragogy (to distinguish it from pedagogy). A difference is made between vocational education, mostly done in workplaces and mostly related to upskilling, and non-formal adult education, that can include learning skills or learning for personal development. (Wikipedia)
Adult learning, according to Knowles, can be stated as four simple postulates (Wikipedia, retrieved 15:28, 14 August 2007 (MEST))
- Adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept and Motivation to learn).
- Experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for learning activities (Experience).
- Adults are most interested in learning subjects that have immediate relevance to their job or personal life (Readiness to learn).
- Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation to learning).
Brookfield (1995) identifies four major areas of research in adult learning.
- Adult Education (Wikipedia)
- Adult Learning Theory
- Principles of Adult Learning
- Stephen Downes entries on Adult Learning
- Site with resources for practitioners
- International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC). This is nice open access journal and that includes contributions about edutech (e-learning, simulation, mobile learning, etc.) in corporate settings.
- Adult Education Quaterly, Sage.
- Adults Learning (for practitioners)
- Conner, M. L. (1997-2007) "How Adults Learn." Ageless Learner, HTML, , retrieved 15:28, 14 August 2007 (MEST)
- Brookfield, Stephan (1995). Adult Learning: An Overview, in n A. Tuinjman (ed.) (1995). International Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford, Pergamon Press. (Forthcoming) Preprint
- Lieb Stephen (1991), Principles Of Adult Learning,
- Knowles, Malcolm S; Elwood F. Holton and Richard A. Swanson, (1998). The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (Managing Cultural Differences), Gulf Professional Publishing; 5 edition, ISBN 0884151158.
- Smith, Mark K. (1999), Andragogy, infed, HTML, retrieved 15:28, 14 August 2007 (MEST). This is a good introductory text into Knowles' thoughts.