Adult Learning and Development: Perspectives From by M. Cecil Smith, Thomas Pourchot

By M. Cecil Smith, Thomas Pourchot

Grownup schooling happens each time contributors interact in sustained, systematic studying with a purpose to have an effect on alterations of their attitudes, wisdom, talents, or trust structures. studying, guideline, and developmental strategies are the first foci of academic psychology examine and theorizing, yet academic psychologists' paintings in those domain names has based totally on the youth and adolescent college years. extra lately, notwithstanding, a couple of academic psychologists have studied studying and improvement in maturity. the result of those efforts have led to what's now referred to as adult academic psychology.

the aim of this quantity is to introduce this new subfield inside academic psychology. part 1 specializes in the interaction among studying and improvement in maturity, how numerous kinds of guideline bring about various studying results for adults, description of the various social contexts during which grownup studying occurs, and the improvement of metacognitive wisdom around the lifestyles span. part 2 describes either study and thought bearing on grownup highbrow functioning, pondering, and problem-solving abilities inside numerous contexts. part three describes learn in various grownup studying domain names; discusses the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of examining in maturity and the purposes of examining in real-life conditions; examines a tutorial intervention built to advertise forgiveness; and relates the results of an intervention designed to coach mom and dad approximately their kid's arithmetic studying. part four summarizes the subjects and concerns working all through this, the 1st ebook that has sought to span the gulf among grownup schooling, grownup improvement, and academic psychology.

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Marlo Schommer’s engaging chapter invites us to consider the critical role of adults’ epistemological beliefs in their school, work, and everyday lives. Epistemological beliefs refer to conceptions about the nature of knowledge and learning. Schommer’s research reveals at least four somewhat distinct epistemological beliefs pertaining to the organization, or structure, of knowledge, the certainty of knowledge, the speed with which the learner can acquire knowledge, and the factors that control learning.

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Part I has four chapters that are more theoretical in nature and provide a broad conceptual background for connecting research and practice in adult educational psychology and adult education. These chapters focus on the interplay between learning and development in adulthood, how various forms of instruction lead to different learning outcomes for adults, description of the diverse social contexts in which adult learning takes place, and the development of metacognitive knowledge across the life span.

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