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More than 20 years ago, Houle proposed that adult learners were goal, learning or activity oriented. His typology aroused considerable interest, because it appeared to be a parsimonious way of classifying adult learners. Various instruments were designed to investigate the structural foundations...
The statistical analysis procedures used by adult education researchers have become more sophisticated over the last decade. However, critics have charged that researchers have failed to examine the technical adequacy of their work. In this study, the methodological soundness of adult education...
Jurgen Habermas' theory of communicative competence suggests a rationale for the ideal of self-directed learning and for a formulation of the mission of adult education. Topics covered in this essay include the functions of an ideal dialogue, essential conditions for establishing the validity of...
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