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Distinguishing two styles of adult learning…

May 1, 2012

Not sure how this could be useful, but it struck me as an interesting distinction…

“…adult learning is a complex phenomenon arising from the needs, tasks, and social roles inherent in being an adult member of society. Sometimes the learning that we need to do occurs as a by-product of everyday living. It is serendipitous, spontaneous, and so much a part of our lives that it may go unnoticed. At other times adults seek answers to questions, solutions to problems, or further training by taking advantage of the opportunities and resources available for structuring their learning.” P361

Ref: Sharan B. Merriam, Ed. (1983) Themes of Adulthood through literature. Teachers College Press, New York

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