Institutions of academia are experiencing a schism when it comes toadult learners-some recognize and foster the dynamism of thisstudent population while others harbor animosity and freneticattitudes toward adult learners. There is a compelling need to findbenchmarks against which to compare and improve programs, whilestill maintaining the fast-paced competition for adult learners.This book identifies the best practices necessary to bring adultlearning programs to a new level-especially as the stakesamong competitors continue to rise.
Best Practices in Adult Learning sets the stage byaddressing institutional vision, asking the question "What doI want my program to contain or deliver?" It then provides ahands-on set of applications that are designed to strengthen dailypractices, while underscoring the importance of faculty developmentto maintaining the health and vitality of successful adultprograms. Next it presents straightforward, diverse, and immediatetechnological applications for adult learning programs, and finallyit gives special attention to the increasing importance of seniorlearners-the fastest growing demographic in Americatoday.
This book is written for faculty and administrators alreadycommitted to adult learners but looking for that focused, hands-onguidance and applications for implementing principles of bestpractices in an adult learner-focused unit or institution. Rather than a cookie-cutter approach, these are the lessons learnedover time from some of the most experienced practitioners in thefield.