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  • Adult Education: Topic Page
    Extension of educational opportunities to those adults beyond the age of general public education who feel a need for further training of any sort, also known as continuing education.

Institutions and Methods

  • Community College
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    Public institution of higher education. Community colleges are characterized by a two-year curriculum that leads to either the associate degree or transfer to a four-year college.
  • Distance Learning
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide
    Form of education using technology to teach students who are dispersed geographically.
  • Library: Topic Page
    A collection of books or other written or printed materials, as well as the facility in which they are housed and the institution that is responsible for their maintenance.
  • Open University
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide
    Institution established in the UK in 1969 to enable mature students without qualifications to study to degree level without regular attendance.

Models of Adult Learning

  • Andragogy
    From Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide
    Do adults learn differently than children do? What distinguishes adult learning and adult education from other areas of education?
  • Experience and Learning
    From Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide
    In addition to there being different dimensions to experiential learning, there are different theoretical conceptualizations of this type of learning.
  • Self-Directed Learning
    From Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide
    Since Tough's work on adult learning projects was published in 1971, self-directed learning has captured the imagination of researchers and writers both inside and outside the field of adult education.
  • Transformational Learning
    From Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide
    Transformative or transformational (terms used interchangeably in the literature) learning is about change—dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world in which we live.
  • Collaborative learning
    From Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
    Forms of cooperative or collaborative learning have been used for centuries and a variety of peer learning techniques have emerged. The underlying premise of these techniques is that learning is enhanced by peer interaction.

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