EDU770: Foundations of Adult Learning

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
20

Course Overview

Foundations of Adult Education provides an introduction to the historical, philosophical, social, and psychological bases of adult education in the United States, an overview of barriers to participation and adult participation models, and an introduction to methods for facilitating adult learning.  This course provides the foundation for all future courses in this program.

The course project, Portfolio: Analytical Model to Increase Adult Participation, is designed to demonstrate mastery of the course objectives.  The Analytical Model will be developed for the student’s sponsoring organization’s adult education program, including the following elements:

  • A thorough analysis of the sponsoring organization’s history, philosophy of adult education, social and psychological variables impacting learners, learner population barriers, facilitation methodologies, and current adult education professional association memberships.
  • Recommendations, based upon research, for the sponsoring organization to address identified social and psychological impacts, participant barriers to learning, facilitation methodology issues, and professional association memberships.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Investigate and explain philosophical foundations influencing adult education in the United States in general and in their sponsoring organization, and provide a personal philosophy of adult education.
  • Examine and explain the field of American adult education to inform and provide a personal definition of adult education.
  • Analyze and offer a description the historical origins of American adult education in general, to include the major adult education providers and practitioners, and of their sponsoring organization’s adult education programs.
  • Express the relationship between society and adult education; classify, illustrate, and discuss social variables associated with adult education in the United States in general and in their sponsoring organization’s selected adult education program.
  • Analyze psychological variables associated with American adult education and in those impacting learners in their sponsoring organization’s selected adult education program.
  • Evaluate barriers to participation impacting learners in general and in their sponsoring organization’s selected adult education program.
  • Synthesize strategies to overcome identified barriers to participation, including those posed by social and psychological variables, in their sponsoring organization’s selected adult education program.
  • Investigate the major adult learning models and theories.
  • Recognize, evaluate, and explain the current methods for facilitating adult learning in their selected adult education program; synthesize and justify additional or different facilitation methods to improve learning.
  • Explore the profession of adult education in the United States; analyze and describe their sponsoring organization’s adult education associations’ memberships, and develop recommendations for further memberships.

Course Prerequisites