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To:            Donna Shea, Instructor, et all

From:        Philip Fournier

Date:        Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Subject:  WS, Web sites, adult learning theory


This Los Angeles Unified School district web site is a veritable gold mine for teachers in adult education.  Though it is not primarily focused on theory, it is loaded with helps for adult education instructors and a real time saver in getting up to speed on technology.  It also has a nice set of links to other useful websites related to adult education.


This website requires a sign up, but has no fee and has a very user-friendly interface.  It is a bit light in content in certain areas, but the ESL section is loaded with multiple resources relating to adult students.  There are good references here to successful adult ed programs, testimonials and links to successful adult ed students, sample lesson plans, and much interesting information of interest to adult educators.


This Texas State University website looks to be fairly new, but is specifically designed to help educators new to adult education with the theory and practice unique to adult ed.  Most of the useful content is found in the New Teacher Toolkit contents section, including guidelines for working with adult learners, new views of adult learning, and related helpful theory.


This website includes some helpful information on the teaching of technology to adult learners.  It includes information on andragogy, adult learners need to know, their self concept, the role of life experience as it relates to adults, and so forth.


This website contains a good deal of the same information on adult education theory that we have been learning in this class, but I like the concise way in which it lists the learning styles of Kolb and Gardner.  It also discusses differences between male and female adult learners, something I was wondering about.  It has little application to me personally, since my profession is almost 100% male, but due to the shortage of automotive technicians, I suspect that the future may hold some changes in the lopsided gender balance.


I can’t say I’m crazy about this website’s philosophic nature, but it does make somewhat clearer what we read in doing WR2 Funderstanding “About Learning”, the twelve theories on how people learn.  Particularly, it looks at the first one, Constructivism, but applies it directly to adult education and the use of technology.  At present the idea is too radical for me, but it could grow on me if I studied it longer.


This is a cool website!  It is called “Humanizing distance education”, an admirable goal as far as I am concerned, as I personally find distance learning somewhat alienating.  Basically it is a series of online presentations covering several different factors in distance learning, and part of it is theory of adult education specific to distance learning.  There is a lot of good information to be had here.


I like the approach of this article to the theories of Malcom Knowles.  It outlines his life and background before going into his theories of adult education, andragogy, and comparing it with pedagogy.  It is easy reading, comparably speaking.


The above website as an interesting collection of ideas for adult education, including ice-breakers, facilitating group work, lecturing to adult learners, and so forth.  It is a good resource for simple tools relating to adult education.


This site is more of a linking tool, but it contains many good links to adult education theories.