Adult Education (D)

  • EDUC-D 500 Introduction to Adult Education Theory (3 cr.) A study of the writings of major adult education theorists including Grundtvig, Lindeman, Knowles, Bergevin, and Freire.  Adult education theories of practice are analyzed in historical perspective.  Students develop and defend their personal theories of practice.
  • EDUC-D 505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan (3 cr.) Study of the adult lifespan with emphasis on the individual in context. Investigate and critically analyze theories and concepts used to understand adult development and lifelong learning including how social and cultural forces influence adults’ engagement in the learning process.
  • EDUC-D 506 Adult Education Planning and Development (3 cr.) Theory and practice of program planning and development in a variety of adult education settings. Analysis and application of models and tools used to develop educational programs for adults. Topics include needs assessment, administration, evaluation, and promotion of programs.
  • EDUC-D 512 Seminar in Forms and Forces of Adult Education (3 cr.) The history and current status of adult education in the United States; the nature, scope, purposes, and historical development of adult education institutions and program areas.
  • EDUC-D 521 Participation Training (2 cr.) Teambuilding in groups; collaborative program planning and implementation; application of the design to appropriate settings; training in roles of group leader, observer and recorder; recognition and treatment of dysfunctional behaviors in group settings; emphasis on function aspects of group cohesion, consensus decision making, shared leadership, and program evaluation.
  • EDUC-D 523 Small Group Theory in Adult Education (3 cr.) Theory undergirding small group practices in adult education; emphasis on conditions of collaborative effectiveness in decision-making groups and learning groups; consideration of major models of group formation and development; and implications of theory for social practice.
  • EDUC-D 524 Power and Voice in Adult Education Programs (3 cr.) Analysis of contemporary adult life with emphasis on the roles of adult education programs and their relationships to the populations they serve.  Critical analysis of foundational and current literature, theories, models, and the assumptions underpinning modern adult education programs. Implications of critical theory, power, and voice for adult education programming.
  • EDUC-D 525 Introduction to Distance Education Systems in Adult Education (3 cr.) P: D506 and D512, or Consent of Instructor. A systems-based overview of distance education in the field of adult education. Topics include program and technology planning, implementation, and assessment; operations management; program evaluation; learner support; and other critical issues.
  • EDUC-D 550 Practicum in Adult Education (1-3 cr.) P: EDUC-D 505 or EDUC-D 506, or Consent of Instructor. Supervised practice in instructional planning, teaching, and program development in adult educational settings in schools and agencies.
  • EDUC-D 590 Independent Study or Research in Adult Education (1-3 cr.) Individual research or study with an Adult Education faculty member, arranged in advance of registration.  A one- or two-page written proposal should be submitted to the instructor during the first week of the term specifying the scope of the project, project activities, meeting times, completion date, and student product(s).  Ordinarily, D590 should not be used for the study of material taught in regularly scheduled courses.
  • EDUC-D 600 Seminar in Teaching-Learning Transaction in Adult Education (3 cr.) P: EDUC-D 505 or D 506, or Consent of Instructor. Critical inquiry into the design of adult learning activities.  Includes a review of current theory and research in the teaching-learning transaction and the designing and evaluation of instruction for adults.
  • EDUC-D 625 Topical Seminar in Adult Education (1-3 cr.) Systemic study of current issues and problems related to the theory and practice of program development and research in adult education.
  • EDUC-D 640 Capstone Seminar in Adult Education (3 cr.) P: Final Semester of Program. Development of a capstone portfolio that documents the quality of students' work in understanding adult education principles, theory and best practices. Students reflect on their growth and development in adult education and describe how they may apply what they have learned.
  • EDUC-D 650 Internship in Adult Education (1-6 cr.) P: EDUC-D 500, EDUC-D 506, EDUC-D 613, EDUC-D 625, or Consent of Instructor. Relates theory to practice through supervised field work experiences and faculty appraisal and guidance.  Students plan, conduct, and evaluate adult education programs in various institutional and community settings.
  • EDUC-D 660 Readings in Adult Education (1-6 cr.) P: Consent of student's major area advisor. Guided individual study designed to meet the professional individual needs of advanced graduate students.  Consultations with instructor required.

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