Adult Learning in Groups

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Group learning plays a central role in contemporary education and training. Studying collaboratively has been shown to directly enhance student learning, as well as being valued as a 'key skill'.This handbook covers the essential elements of groupwork in adult and post-compulsory education, in an accessible and practical format. It discusses the principles underpinning groupwork, looking at origins and developments in the field, and delves into the technical aspects of group development and the dynamics involved in working groups, drawing on key theoretical perspectives and embedding them in adult education.The chapters promote participative learning through dialogue, discussion and creative activities. With over twenty years real experience of groupwork, the author provides: A set of flexible resources that you can adapt and develop for your own learning environments A series of activities and exercises which can be linked into the stages of group development Ideas for innovative learning programme design Methods that integrate group dynamics with the learning needs of the group A comprehensive definition of key terms Adult Learning in Groupsis a vital handbook for anyone working in adult, higher and post-compulsory education.

Author Biography

Brn++d Connolly is Lecturer in Adult and Community Education at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Roadmap of Adult Learning in Groupsp. 1
The wider context of groupworkp. 21
Wider contexts of learning as adultsp. 37
Critical adult learning in groupsp. 48
Characteristics of adult learning groupsp. 60
Development in learning groupsp. 78
Facilitation qualitiesp. 89
Innovative curriculum developmentp. 107
Critical practice: group activities and exercises for adult learnersp. 119
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Glossaryp. 168
Bibliographyp. 170
Indexp. 176
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