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Theorist of Adult Education

Paper instructions:

-Identify a theorist of Adult Education. Name the theory and define its main features.

David A.Kol

Experiential Learning Model

• Six main characteristics

o Learning is best conceived as a process

o Learning is a continuous process grounded in experience

o Learning requires the resolution of conflicts between dialectically opposed modes of adaptation to the world (learning is by its very nature full of tension).

o Learning is a holistic process of adaptation to the world.

o Learning involves transactions between the person and the environment.

o Learning is the process of creating knowledge that is the result of the transaction between social knowledge and personal knowledge

-Present the history of how this theory developed, and discuss the theorist’s main ideas and concepts (including citations).

– Discuss how the ideas and concepts are or can be applied in curriculum development. You may use the literature for examples or examples from actual curriculum materials to illustrate the applications.

-Evaluate whether this theory works well. If not, why? If so, how? Under what conditions?

Length: at least 2-3 pages not counting the title page and references.

References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question

Format: APA format.

Required Reading- Peer-Reviewed

Hiemstra, R. (1995). An annotated chronology of landmarks in the history and development of adult education with particular reference to the U.S.A. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from: [This classic covers 1727 to 1976].

Rowland, M. (2010). Curriculum development for adult learners in the global community. Adult Learning. Arlington: 21(1), 42. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from ProQuest.

Tsao,M., Takahashi,K., Olusesi, J. and Jain, S. (2008). Transformative learning, University of Georgia. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from:

Required Reading – Web

Kolb’s learning styles and experiential learning models (2011). Retrieved March 2, 2012 from:

Learning and Effective Teaching. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from:


Optional Reading


Smith, M. K. (2001). David A. Kolb on experiential learning. The Encyclopedia of Informal Education. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from:

Smith, M. K. (2001). Kurt Lewin, groups, experiential learning and action research. The Encyclopedia of Informal Education. Retrieved March 2, 2012 from:

Last Updated on February 17, 2019

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