Praise for Previous Editions:
||As leading authorities on adult
education and training, Elwood Holton and Richard Swanson have revised Malcolm
Knowles' exemplary work on adult learning.
While retaining the best from the past
editions, they incorporate the latest developments in adult learning theory and
practice into this major revision.
"Malcolm Knowles was among the first
people to recognize the special needs of adult students. . . . These discussions
will help a company effectively raise the skill level of its workforce".
". . . assists trainers in
developing effective programs by explaining how adults learn, and it should
provide a solid foundation for the creations of adult learning programs".
"It cuts through the bewildering,
often conflicting profusion of learning theories, research findings, and
analysis to reveal why so many commonly accepted teaching methods are ineffective
This new book is divided
into three parts. The first part contains the classic chapters that describe
the roots and principles of andragogy. The second part contains four new
chapters that examine:
The new chapters incorporate
developments from recent research in adult learning, human resource development,
cognitive psychology, adult development, and educational psychology. The
last part of the book contains an updated selection of topical readings
that advance the theory and practice of adult learning.
The latest perspectives on andragogy
The application of andragogy
in human resource
New advancements in understanding
Practical applications of adult
This new edition is an ideal
introductory book for adult learning practitioners and students.
The late Malcolm S. Knowles,
Ph.D., was one of the nation's leading authorities on adult education
and training. He was the founding executive director of the Adult Education
Association, and professor of adult and community college education at
North Carolina State University.
Elwood F. Holton, III,
Ed.D., is an associate professor in the School of Vocational Education
at Louisiana State University.
He is the author and editor
of several books and regularly consults with and provides training programs
to businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities.
Richard A. Swanson, Ph.D.,
is professor and director of the Human Resource Development Research Center
at the University of Minnesota. He has 30 years of consulting experience
and has written more than 180 publications on human resource development.
He is president of the Academy of Human Resource Development.