Adult Education as Theory, Practice and Research: The Captive Triangle

1st Edition

Robin Usher, Ian Bryant

Routledge
Published August 15, 2014
Reference - 212 Pages
ISBN 9781138006386 - CAT# Y164057
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Education

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Summary

The authors argue that the aim of research should be to improve practice through a process of critical reflection. Focusing clearly on the everyday concerns and problems of practitioners, they emphasize the importance of practical knowledge. Their definition of ‘practice’ is wide, and includes the generation of theory and the doing of research as well as front-line teaching. They show how notions of ‘adult learning’ and ‘the adult learner’ have been constituted mainly through theory and research in psychology and sociology, and examine action research as a mode of understanding. They conclude by looking at the curriculum implications for the teaching of adult education as reflective practice.

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