Topic:Journal about adult learning

Volume: 9 pages

Format: APA

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Textbooks 1) Smith, M. C. Adult Learning and Development: Perspectives from Educational Psychology 2)Lawrence Erlbaum, 1998 Merriam, Sharan B. et al Learning in Adulthood, 3rd ed. Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2007 Links Draves, William A.(1984). How to Teach Adults. Manhattan, Kansas: The Learning Resources Brookfield, S. (1991). Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Cahoon, B. (ed) (1998). Adult Learning and the Internet. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Daloz, L. (1999). Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers Houle, C. (1992). The Literature of Adult Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Project instructions including information from chapter 1 thru 11 from Smith, M. C. Adult Learning and Development: Perspectives from Educational Psychology Journal Again, the key question of this course is what is adult learning? The course has 7 journal prompts. You will find each journal prompt under the lessons section of the course. You will turn your final journal in at the end of the course. What Are the Parts of the Journal? The journal is divided into two parts: a summary and a commentary. The minimum requirement for each journal prompt is one full page, but you will most likely discover that as you progress in the course, the journal entries will become longer The summary section of the journal should answer several important questions. First, what is the main point of the reading? In other words, why is the author writing this particular piece? What problem is he or she trying to solve? At what conclusions did he or she arrive? This section is best placed in the opening paragraph of the journal entry. Second, what is the argument of the essay? The argument presented must be different from the conclusion. The conclusion tells the reader what the author is trying to prove, but the argument explains the reasons for the conclusion — it is that part of the essay in which the author tries to convince the reader that the essay’s conclusion is correct. The author will cite evidence and put forth explanations. In the journal, you should summarize the main points of the readings in this section. The summary section should contain one or two quotes from the text that you think are important enough to represent the entire text. When completing the summary, ask yourself: “Did I list the main point of the essay?” and, “Is this enough information that when I need to write a paper, the journal will remind me of the essential information?” Keep in mind, summaries are difficult and require practice. It takes some time to learn how to condense large amounts of information into a few paragraphs. The commentary or “opinion” section of the essay should follow the summary section. It should contain your evaluation of the conclusion and the argument. Do you agree with the conclusion? Why or why not? Do you think the argument presented supports the author’s conclusion? Why or why not? It is very important that you justify your opinion. It is not enough to indicate that you agree or disagree with the author; you must explain why you agree or disagree. The journal is that place in which you can explore your ideas and initial thoughts regarding the essay. Don’t be afraid to be critical, and don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

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