Mapping the Field of Adult and Continuing Education, Volume 4: Inquiry and Influences

An International Compendium

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Co-published with the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education


The field of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) has long been influential beyond its already porous borders and continues to be a source of important ideas, inspiration, and innovative practices for those in disciplines such as educational administration, social work, nursing, and counseling. Recognizing this, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education commissioned the editors to create this compendium, which provides an invaluable resource to readers already established in the field, those entering the field, and to myriad neighbors of the field as well.

This four-volume compendium (also available as a combined e-book) brings together a host of national and international contributors to map the field of ACE in a series of brief articles addressing key theories and practices across its many domains and settings. These are arranged in four volumes, available either individually or as a set:

Volume One: Adult Learners

Volume Two: Teaching and Learning

Volume Three: Leadership and Administration

Volume Four: Inquiry and Influences

The volume on Adult Learners will include articles addressing topics such as adult development, diversity, learning abilities, the influence of personality on learning, and the role of experience in adult learning. By far the largest segment of learners in society, and currently the largest segment of college students as well, a better understanding of the adult learner is vital for educators of all kinds.

Volume two addresses Teaching and Learning topics ranging from methods and roles to programs and materials. Encompassing formal and informal learning, as well as the variety of focus and setting, from cultural to occupational, this volume explores the wide range of theory and practice in ACE.

Issues of Leadership and Administration such as planning and resource allocation, organizational change and culture, and the value of a shared vision for all stakeholders are addressed in the third volume. From practical matters like staffing and volunteers, to big-picture issues such as alternative visions for the future of the field, this volume offers vital knowledge and insight.

The final volume, on Inquiry and Influences, examines the context, trends, and methods of research and evaluation in the field’s many domains. Wide-ranging inquiry has always been a hallmark of ACE, and only continues to grow along with the recognition of the importance of adult learning for learners and for the society as a whole.

All four volumes are available as a single e-book, to make the most of the inter-relatedness of the various topics. This version uses live links in the table of contents and combined index (as well as keywords at the start of each article) to enable readers to follow their own topical interests and thus create unique learning pathways for themselves. 

Table of Contents:

Foreword—Steven B. Frye


Introduction to Volume Four—Alan B. Knox

Section Thirteen: Organizational and Societal Influences

61) How national, regional and global associations influence adult learning policy—Alan Tuckett

62) Adult Education for Employment in the Global Economy—Ellen Scully-Russ

63) Professional Associations—Leslie A. Cordie

64) Professional Journals for Educators of Adults—Curtis A. Olson, Lorilee Sandmann

65) Land Grant Colleges and Universities

Regional and International Collaboration—Jeff Zacharakis, Sue Maes

Section Fourteen: Engaged Inquiry

66) Community Engaged Universities

Beneficial Exchanges—Séamus Ó Tuama, Hiram Fitzgerald, Lorilee Sandmann, James Votruba

67) Learning Cities

Advancing Lifelong Learning through Philosophy, Practice, and Policy—Leodis Scott

68) Analysis on Assessment of Learning Districts in Beijing—Cuizhu Zhang

69) Taiwan’s Community Universities: Meaning Making to Create Change—Ya-Hui Fang, Cuizhu Zhang

70) Popular Education from Ireland and the United States

History and Hope—Michelle Glowacki-Dudka, Brid Connolly

71) Strategies for Co-constructing Research with Aboriginal People in Adult Education—Marie (Aurélie) Thériault

Section Fifteen: Methods of Inquiry

72) Concept Mapping and Knowledge Modeling in Adult Education—Kevin M. Roessger, Barbara J. Daley

73) Historical Research in Adult Continuing Education—Amy Rose

74) Personal Perspectives by Educators of Adults—Gretchen T. Bersch

75) The Essence of Malcolm Knowles’s Teachings of Andragogy—John A. Henschke

76) Case Studies—Jill Zarestky

77) Educational Design Research—Thomas C. Reeves, Patricia M. Reeves

Section Sixteen: Assessment and Evaluation

78) Program Evaluation—Joseph S. Green

79) Proficiency Self-Assessments: Development and Use to Enhance Performance—Julia N. Savoy

80) Action Technologies

Contemporary Community-Engaged Action Research—Lorilee R. Sandmann, Karen E. Watkins


Editors and Contributors

Appendix: Contents for Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3

Editors and contributors


Professional & Technical
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