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Adult Development

This NCSALL Study Circle addresses Robert Kegan’s work in adult development theory and its application in the practice of adult basic education. The focus is on the three ways of knowing—Instrumental, Socializing, and Self-authoring—that adult learners use, and how teachers can support those learners through instructional methods and other student supports.

In Session One, the Study Circle will examine the characteristics of the three ways of knowing. Participants will reflect on their own ways of knowing and those of their students.

Session Two introduces transformational learning and “cultures of mind.” Participants will compare and contrast the “practical” and “mind-liberating” approaches to teaching adults.

In the final session, Session Three, participants will list possible instructional and programmatic responses to the concept of this “new pluralism.” In the last part of the session, participants will plan the actions they will take to apply adult development theory to their work.

Updated 7/27/07 :: Copyright © 2005 NCSALL