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Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning


reviewed by Carol E. Kasworm 1987

coverTitle: Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning
Author(s): Stephen D. Brookfield
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 1555423558, Pages: , Year:
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In a skillful creation of a dialogue and a context of critical review, Brookfield offers his readers thoughtful and serious examination of the “espoused theories” of facilitating adult learning. The examination considers key concepts in the field and the programmatic learning designs that support or impede them. It also suggests several new principles that should be considered in future adult-learning facilitation. Brookfield brings key research and theory structures to this discussion, and is critical of the current inadequacy and incongruence between theory and practice in the field. From this perspective, he recommends a series of guidelines for improvement of effective practice in the facilitation of adult learning. Although the book has broad appeal to practitioners and researchers in adult education, I found that the format and perspectives of the book assume a prior involvement in and understanding of the key theories and current mythologies of the field. This thought-provoking book is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 2, 1987, p. 327-329
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 551, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 11:56:47 PM

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