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Psychology and Adult Learning (Adult Education/Psychology Series) Paperback – 13 Feb 1997


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (13 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415149916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415149914
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Short… Mark Tennant is Professor of Adult Education and Dean of the University Graduate School at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Long…Mark Tennant is Professor of Adult Education and Dean of the University Graduate School at the University of Technology, Sydney. His academic focus has been on developing a critical understanding of psychology in its application to pedagogy, with an emphasis on adult education contexts.

Previous visiting posts include Eighth Annual Visiting Distinguished Professor in Adult Education, School of Education, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Visiting Professor (Summer School), Department of Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

He has also won the Cyril O. Houle Award for Literature in Adult Education, which is an international award conferred each year under the auspices of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, and the Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Technology Sydney, 1992.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CSlade on 1 Dec 2000
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This is an excellent book for both undergraduates and postgraduates with a knowledge of psychological theory. It evaluates the contributions of the main approaches in psychology to adult education, and poses some interesting questions regarding assumptions made about adult education; for example, the benefits of group work. It is one of the few books to examine the contributions of psychodynamic theory in the classroom.It clearly defines the contributions of each perspective to both the learner and the teacher. I found this to be a thought provoking book that was hard to put down
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Examines the role of psychology in informing adult education 16 Jun 1998
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This is the second edition of a popular text (published 1988) which examines the role of psychology in informing adult education practice, and should be of particular interest and utility to students interested in adult education. It examines the seminal traditions of some key psychological theories and discusses the issues and problems in applying them to an understanding of adult learning and development. It does not aim to provide an exhaustive account of psychology and its application to adult learning, or detailed descriptions of particular theories. In this way, in my opinion, it avoids extreme specialisation which may lead to the risk of irrelevance in a more general PhD in Education curriculum. It has been updated (1997) to take account of the most recent research in the area and includes new material on adult intelligence and situated cognition.
It is ideally suited to those who seek a critical understanding of psychological theory and research from the perspective of the adult educator. It will be most accessible to graduate students with knowledge of psychology and experience of adult education. Author: Mark Tennant is Professor of Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He wrote the first edition of the book while at the University of Warwick, UK, and the second while working at Hokkaido University, Japan, ten years after the first. Many of the ideas grew out of lectures and seminars delivered to a variety of students - community educators, industrial and commercial trainers, Aboriginal educators, ESOL teachers, literacy teachers, etc. and lead to a broader applicability to a wider audience.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Humanistic psychology and the self-directed learner 3. The psychoanalytic approach 4. The development of identity during adulthood 5. The development of intelligence and cognition 6. Learning styles 7. Behaviourism 8. Group dynamism and the group facilitator 9. Critical awareness 10. Concluding comment: psychology as a fo! undation discipline in adult education
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