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Adult Learning in the Social Context


reviewed by Victoria Marsick 1988

coverTitle: Adult Learning in the Social Context
Author(s): Peter Jarvis
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing, Indianapolis
ISBN: 0709914830, Pages: , Year:
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It is somewhat ironic that an Englishman’s eye is needed to cast a fresh perspective on what might seem to be natural territory for scholars and practitioners in the United States: learning from experience. Despite our history of “doing” and the position held by Dewey in our educational theory, we still hold a mystical reverence for the expert. Education is frequently designed to “tell” theory, which learners might then practice, rather than to help learners reflect on and learn through their experience. Jarvis reflects on the process of reflection in this book. He also places adult learning in a social context, contending that learning has been explained primarily by psychologists, which, while valuable, leaves out other important dimensions. Jarvis emphasizes the learning process itself. Education, the “institutionalization of learning” (p. 8), is conceptually distinct from how people—specifically adults—learn, although many equate learning with memorizing information or the classic “banking” approach identified... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 2, 1988, p. 319-321
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 504, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:59:46 PM

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