How Do We Learn? |Theories of Adult Learning

Use this Prezi to explore the bibliography for Adult Learning Theories.


My research looks at how adults experience spiritual formation in a suburban context. Spiritual Formation in the local congregation is a form of adult education, so it is important to discuss general theories of adult learning and identify the specific theory in which my research operates.  The essays below will discuss the broader topic and explain the reasoning behind my particular perspective.

Allow me to simply state my perspective here. I draw upon two key authors for my theory of adult learning—Stephen Brookfield1 and Jack Mezirow.2 Both of these authors flow from a Critical Social Theory perspective. Brookfield’s pedagogy is a combination of ideology critique and American pragmatism. He believes that adult learning should empower the student to become critically reflective of the dominant culture, thus able to communicatively construct alternate modes of being and doing that will strive for equity and justice. The adult learner brings as much to the learning environment as the instructor. It is the instructor’s job to facilitate environments in which the students can engage in communicative rationality.

Essays on Adult Learning Theory:

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Adult Learning Bibliography

  1. Stephen Brookfield, The Power of Critical Theory: Liberating Adult Learning and Teaching, 1st ed. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2005). Brookfield, Stephen. Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning: A Comprehensive Analysis of Principles and Effective Practices. 1st ed. The Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1986. Stephen Brookfield, Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions, 1st ed., The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012). []
  2. Jack Mezirow, Learning as Transformation: Critical Perspectives on a Theory in Progress, 1st ed., The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000). see also Transformative Learning Theory. []

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