Category Archives: Adult Learning

Reading List for Adult Learning and Christian Spirituality

Bold face indicates that I have read it. This is a reading project in progress…

Anderson, Herbert, and Edward Foley. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine. 1st ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Ashley, J. Matthew. “Furthering Humanity: Theology of Culture.” Modern Theology 22, no. 1 (2006): 162-164.

________. “Reading the Universe Story Theologically: The Contribution of a Biblical Narrative Imagination.” Theological Studies 71, no. 4 (2010): 870-902. read more

Book | In Over Our Heads by Robert Kegan

keganIn over our headsKegan, Robert. In over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.

The Author – Robert Kegan

Kegan is a professor of Adult Learning at Harvard, specializing in cognitive developmental psychology. He has dedicated his career to studying what he has come to call “the evolving self.” Prior to his quest, which began in the 1980s, the conventional wisdom regarding human cognitive development was that all significant cognitive development ceased in late adolescence. In other words, a person’s ability to change the way they think stops at the onset of adulthood. The only type of change that an adult can expect is technical change. Adults can learn more, but they can’t change the way they learn or perceive the world. Kegan’s research has demonstrated that this is not true. He studied hundreds of people over a number of years and discovered that adults can and do develop—evolve—cognitively beyond adolescence. read more

Article | Dialogue of the Soul – by Dent Davis

Dialogue of the Soul – My annotated copy

 Findings from this study suggest spiritual encounter is a form of adult learning that leads to changes in perspective and actions in ways that are more inclusive and less combative. The spiritual encounter was experienced as a heuristic process involving a powerful perception of spirit encountered in a third space (Bhahba 1994). Most adult religious education is focused on transmitting content or knowledge based on received norms, doctrines, and customs as a part of formal learning experiences. Study participants reported powerful and formative experiences of spirit often occurring in incidental, informal, and non-formal ways (398) read more

Article | Dimensions of Spirituality: A Framework for Adult Educators

Dimensions of Spirituality – my annotated copy

This paper argues that although spirituality is increasingly featured in adult education literature, much is either descriptive or enthusiastically prescriptive. A rather wild eclecticism currently prevails. As educators we lack robust theoretical tools to help illuminate wide variation among spiritual orientations, each with different fundamental beliefs and values. The paper presents a framework comprising eight dimensions of spirituality, as a first step to illuminating important distinctions and incommensurable elements. These are (1) life and death; (2) soul and self; (3) cosmology; (4) knowledge; (5) the “way”; (6) focus; (7) practices of spirituality and the role of others; and (8) responses. Our discussion of these dimensions focuses upon the central question, What is the real intent of pedagogical interventions (in theory or practice) which integrate or focus upon spirituality? (this is the abstract of the article) read more