Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning
Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society
By Peter Jarvis
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It is easy to see how Jarvis’s views are heady and stimulating intellectual fodder for workshops, and certainly learners must feel empowered by being treated as the ultimate and privileged sources of knowledge about learning. Jarvis is i Continue
It is easy to see how Jarvis’s views are heady and stimulating intellectual fodder for workshops, and certainly learners must feel empowered by being treated as the ultimate and privileged sources of knowledge about learning. Jarvis is intellectually eclectic on a grand scale, and attempts to contextualise his views within existentialist philosophy, phenomenology, social anthropology, psycho-analysis, and many other schemes of thought. All of this is accomplished with great zest and verve.
- British Journal of Educational Technology Vol 38 No 2 2007
In recent years the idea of lifelong learning and the learning society has become central to both society and to everyone involved in education throughout the world but, as yet, no truly exhaustive study has been made of these phenomena. This ground-breaking distillation of Peter Jarvis' thoughts on lifelong learning will comprehensively correct that omission.
This book, the first in a forthcoming series, concentrates on the processes of human learning and considers the fact that research into learning itself has hitherto been unsystematic and, for a while, mainly psychological. In the first section of this book the author argues that learning is existential, and so its study must be complex and interdisciplinary. A number of the existing theories of learning are then critically examined, in order to see how they can be reconciled with a more complex model. Applying his expert analytical approach to this wide-ranging topic Professor Jarvis looks in detail at
DT Learning in the social context
DT The transformation of experience
DT The outcomes of learning
DT Cognitive theories
DT Emotions and learning
DT Experiential learning
Although it is acknowledged from the outset that a totally comprehensive theory of learning is not possible, the ultimate goal of this book (and its forthcoming companion volumes) is nothing less than an endeavor to construct an integrated but critical theory of lifelong learning and the learning society.
It will be essential reading for students in education, HRD and teaching and learning generally, in addition to academics and informed practitioners.
About the Author
Peter Jarvis is an internationally renowned expert in the field of adult learning and continuing education. He is Professor of Continuing Education at the University of Surrey, UK, and honorary Adjunct Professor in Adult Education at the University of Georgia, USA..
- English Books
- Paperback 218 Pages
- ISBN-10: 0415355419
- ISBN-13: 9780415355414
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
- Publish date: 2006-01-01
- Dimensions: 84 mm x 1,006 mm x 1,509 mm Just how big is that?