This course focuses on the field of developmental psychology to provide new insights into the critical connections between experience and learning in all areas of adult education. Integrating findings from both adult developmental psychology and adult learning (andragogy), the focus is on how experience generates developmental change and how the relationship between self and others changes across the lifespan and, in turn, affects the learners’ growth. Processes that promote separateness, independence, interdependence, and autonomy are discussed. Learning and change in the adult years and the role of development in adult learning, the investment of 'self' in learning, the concepts and tools for autonomy, and the link between social development and personal development is explored.
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