This long-awaited update to the 1989 handbook provides educators and administrators in adult and continuing education with insights on practical, academic, and cutting-edge topics from the best minds in the field. For nearly seventy years, the handbooks of adult and continuing education have been definitive references on the best practices, programs, and institutions in the field. Adult education scholars, program administrators, and teachers have depended on these rich handbooks to develop or refine their own understanding and approaches to everyday practice. In this new edition, over sixty leading authorities share their diverse perspectives in a single volume--exploring significant issues that affect the study and practice of adult and continuing education today.
ARTHUR L. WILSON is associate professor of adult education in the Department of Education at Cornell University. He is coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly and coauthor of Planning Responsibly for Adult Education (1994), What Really Matters in Adult Education Program Planning (1996), and Power in Practice (2000), all from Jossey-Bass. ELISABETH R. HAYES is professor of curriculum and instruction and a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Continuing and Vocational Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly and coauthor of Women as Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2000). Her other publications include Effective Teaching Styles (1989) and Confronting Racism and Sexism (1994), both from Jossey-Bass.
"This monumental work is a testimony to the science of adult education and the skills of Wilson and Hayes. It is a veritable feast for nourishing our understanding of the current field of adult education. The editors and their well-chosen colleagues consistently question how we know and upon what grounds we act. They invite us to consider not only how we can design effective adult education, but also why we practice in a particular socioeconomic context. My dear departed friends, Paulo Freire and Malcolm Knowles, would be delighted at the politics and science of this encyclopedic handbook." (Jane Vella, author of Taking Learning to Task and Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach)
"This new handbook captures the exciting intellectual and professional development of our field in the last decade. Its recognition of the central role of critical reflection, self-reflection, and reflective discourse in the construction of more depAndable knowledge and in adult learning constitutes a major advance. Implications of this challenging paradigm are reshaping the practice of adult education in all of its fields of application. An indispensable resource for faculty, students, and professionals." (Jack Mezirow, emeritus professor, Adult and Continuing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University)
"A rich and diverse array of writers critically reflect on current theory and practice in the field of adult and continuing education. This engaging and refreshing handbook is a treasure chest for anyone wishing to know more about the profession and gain multiple new perspectives, including one on experiential learning. A must read for practitioners, professors, researchers, and newcomers alike. It will influence, shape, and guide how we will serve our constituencies in the next decade." (John A. Henschke, associate professor, Adult Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis)
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