Theories and Researches on Adult Learning
Blockseminar: 17., 19., 20., 26. und 27. November 2015
At the heart of all adult education practices is an understanding of adult le-arning. This course immerses you in some of the learning theories and rese-arch. It examines the classical adult learning theories such as self-directed, experiential, and transformative learning, as well as some of the neurological perspectives of learning. It also explores the embodied, emotional and spiri-tual dimensions of learning, and some sociocultural and sociomaterial lear-ning perspectives including communities of practice, and cultural historical activity theories. As part of our theoretical exploration, we will give special attention to learning as it intersects the life world of women, the aged and disabled people and marginalized groups. This is a course that integrates theory exploration with refl ection and imagination of practices. You will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of the theories while attending to how they could inform your teaching, learning and other educational or work practices.
Learning outcome: by the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify, describe and critically appreciate various theoretical perspecti-ves on adult learning;
- Develop understanding of learning in relation to your educational rese-arch and practices
- Develop practical understanding of how learning theories can inform educational practices Outline and Main Themes
- Neurological and biological perspectives of learning;
- Andragogy and Self-directed learning;
- Transformative learning; page 16page 172 Course Descriptions 2 Course Descriptions
- Emotional, emotional and spiritual dimensions of learning;
- Experiential learning;
- Learning as Communities of Practice
- Cultural Historical Activity Theory
- Non-western Perspectives of LearningClass format and reading materialsThis course will be delivered through a seminar format.
- It will draw on the cour-se readings as well as your personal and professional experiences working with adults to compare, clarify and synthesize ideas and knowledge.
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