Adult Learning and Theory Building: A Review

  title={Adult Learning and Theory Building: A Review},
  author={S. Merriam},
  journal={Adult Education Quarterly},
  pages={187 - 198}
  • S. Merriam
  • Published 1987
  • Psychology
  • Adult Education Quarterly
  • The one factor that all adult education agencies, programs, and professionals have in common is that all deal with adults in learning situations. Perhaps that is why there has been more theory building in adult learning than in other areas of adult education. It is the adult learner, after all, which distinguishes this field from other areas of education. This article assesses the state-of-the-art of theory building efforts in adult learning. The theories have been divided into three categories… CONTINUE READING
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