Foundations of Adult Education
Delivery Mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisite: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Precluded Course: MDDE 611 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for Athabasca University's EDUC 309
Availability: All terms
MDDE 611: Foundations of Adult Education introduces the purposes of adult education, and provides an overview of adult education theory and practice. Although the course is not intended as a comprehensive examination of the field of adult education, it will provide you with a foundation for studying other adult education courses and related fields.
A complementary course to MDDE 611 within the MEd and MAIS programs is MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning.
The goals of the course are to provide you with the following skills and knowledge:
- Critically discuss the foundations of adult education;
- Describe the dominant theoretical perspectives in adult education and relate them to practice;
- Identify and discuss the key social, economic, and political issues that currently affect adult education.
- Analyze an adult education issue using an integrated approach;
- Discuss how adult education theory relates to distance education;
- Discuss your informed, critical perspective on the purpose of adult education for the 21st century.
The course is composed of seven units:
- Unit 1: Exploring the Foundations
- Unit 2: Understanding the Social
- Unit 3: Education for Economy
- Unit 4: Education for Transformation
- Unit 5: Education for Diversity
- Unit 6: Education at a Distance: Online and Open
- Unit 7: Canadian Adult Education in a Global Context
Athabasca University (1988). Perspectives: On adult education. (Interviews with Malcolm Knowles, Allen Tough, Patricia Cross and Roger Boshier). Athabasca, AB: AU Press. (E-text)
Freire, P. (2003). Pedagogy of the oppressed. Revised 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Continuum. [Original work published 1970]. (E-text)
Nesbit, T., Brigham, S., Taber, N., & Gibb, T. (Eds.) (2013). Building on critical traditions: Adult education and learning in Canada. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing.
Spencer, B., & Lange E. (2014). The purposes of adult education: A short introduction. Toronto, ON: Thompson.
Welton, M. (Ed.) (1987). Knowledge for the people. Toronto, ON: OISE. (E-text)
Online Study Guide and Readings
Students will be assessed on the basis of six assignments and their participation in the course.
|Assignment 1: Chapter Review||25%|
|Assignment 2: Program Critique Group Presentation||25%|
|Assignment 3: Research Paper||30%|
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Updated August 02 2017 by Student & Academic Services