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WORKING WITH ADULT LEARNERS
Patricia Cranton

Patricia Cranton's second book is a comprehensive study of adult education as a discipline in itself. It provides a wealth of practical information within a theoretical context to enable instructors to develop a personal theory of practice and guide learners more effectively. This book is for adult educators in formal or informal instructional situations and all students of adult education. Working with Adult Learners provides an overview of adult education as an area of study.

Topics discussed include:

        development of adult education

        major theorists in adult education

        characteristics of adult learners

        educator roles

        how to encourage self-directed learning

        how to facilitate transformative learning

        what to do in difficult learning situations

        how to develop a personal theory of practice

        real-life case studies




ISBN 1-895131-07-3
Paperback, 248 pages
Published in 1992.
$29.50 (Cdn), $24.95 (US)



Patricia Cranton received her B.Ed. degree (1971) and M.Sc. degree (1973) from the University of Calgary, and her Ph.D. degree (1976) from the University of Toronto in measurement, evaluation, and computer applications.

Crantonís main research interests have been the evaluation of teaching in higher education, instructional development, self-directed learning, and transformative learning. She was selected as a Distinguished Scholar at Brock University in 1991 in recognition of her research and writing. She received the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associationís Teaching Award in 1993 and the Lieutenant Governorís Laurel Award in 1994 for an outstanding contribution to university teaching.

Patricia Crantonís previous books include Planning Instruction for Adult Learners (1989), Working with Adult Learners (1992), Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults (1994), and Professional Development as Transformative Learning: New Perspectives for Teachers of Adults (1996).

From 1976 to 1986, Patricia Cranton was at McGill University in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling. From 1986 to 1996, she was at Brock University in the Faculty of Education. She founded Brock Universityís Instructional Development Office and directed it from 1991 to 1996. Patricia Cranton is now an independent educator and consultant.


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