Creating Environments for Effective Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991

Roger Hiemstra (Editor)

New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

Number 50, Summer 1991

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Editor's Notes (Roger Hiemstra)

1. Aspects of Effective Learning Environments (Roger Hiemstra)

An exploration of various meanings of learning environments establishes a framework for this volume that is built around physical, psychological-emotional, and sociocultural categories.

2. A Conceptual Model for Understanding the Physical Attributes of Learning Environments (Rodney D. Fulton)

The model SPATIAL provides a framework for addressing the complex relationships between physical setting and learning activities by allowing for an interaction among several variables.

3. Where We Learn Shapes Our Learning (Richard S. Vosko)

The way adult educators and adult learners arrange or manipulate the physical environment can affect associated learning experiences.

4. Incorporating Microcomputer Technology into Adult Learning Environments (Judith K. DeJoy)

The use of microcomputer technology with adult learners requires that adult educators understand the relationship of emotions, perceptions, and self-concepts to the learning process.

5. Setting the Climate for Effective Teaching and Learning (Burton R. Sisco)

The importance of the first few hours spent by a teacher with learners and what can be done to enhance the learning climate are described.

6. Adverse Baggage in the Learning Environment (V. L. Mike Mahoney)

Various internal and external situations, problems, and barriers are faced each day by adult learners, any of which can affect their abilities to participate in learning experiences.

7. Perceptual Patterns and the Learning Environment: Confronting White Racism (Scipio A. J. Colin III, Trudie Kibbe Preciphs)

Racism must be confronted if all learners are to have equal access to effective learning environments.

8. Women's Trouble: Women, Gender, and the Learning Environment (Susan Collard, Joyce Stalker)

Oppression and exploitation of women persist in the adult education field; thus a new commitment to women learners is required to counteract and neutralize sexism in adult education.

9. Resources on Adult Learning Environments (Rodney D. Fulton, Roger Hiemstra)

Selected books, book chapters, monographs, and journal articles, associated with the learning environment in general or with specific ideas presented in this volume, are annotated.

10. Toward Building More Effective Learning Environments (Roger Hiemstra)

Various themes from previous chapters and ideas for future research on learning environments are summarized.

May, 2001

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