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SPECIAL SECTION: PERSONAL CHOICES FOR LITERATURE OR FILM THAT HAS AFFECTED YOUR LIFE Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton, Richard A. Swanson. The Adult Learner. Fifth Edition, 1998 Reviewed by Michael Giuliano


SPECIAL SECTION: PERSONAL CHOICES FOR LITERATURE OR FILM THAT HAS AFFECTED YOUR LIFE

Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton, Richard A. Swanson. The Adult Learner. Fifth Edition, 1998

Reviewed by Michael Giuliano

The Adult Learner has been described as the definitive classic in the adult educational literature. Knowles put the adult learner on the map and coined the term andragogy to distinguish learning by adults from children. This fifth edition stays true to the original 1973 version by reviewing the underlying roots of andragogy. Why do adults learn? How do adults learn? How can you best teach an adult learner? These are just a few of the questions addressed at the theoretical level in part one of the text. In addition, the text goes on, in parts two and three, to discuss advancements in adult learning and practical models of adult learning. Methods for developing effective adult learning programs are reviewed along with a self diagnostic tool to see how skilled you already are.

For anyone involved in the education of adults this is a must for your library on theory and a rich resource for practical ideas about process.

(Have you read Knowles' book? Have you read any books on the theoretical framework of education? If yes - which one(s)? Have you taught theoretical frameworks of adult education to other teachers (residents or attendings)? Steve Miller)

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