ED500 Foundations of Adult Education

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ED 500 Foundations of Adult Education


F1P 2005 DL


Gonzales-Walker, Roxanne M.


Assistant Professor, Adult Education


Ed.D.University of Massachusetts Boston in Higher Education Administration
MS in Counseling, Creighton University
BS in Psychology Cum Laude,  University of Maryland University College

Office Location

Rye NH

Office Hours

M-Th, 9:30am - 5:00pm Eastern

Daytime Phone

(603) 964-6354



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours




Title:  The Profession and Practice of Adult Education: An Introduction

Author:  S.B. Merriam & R.G. Brockett

Publisher:  Jossey-Bass

ISBN: 0-7879-0290-X  


Title:  Philosophical Foundations of Adult Education

Author:  J.L. Elias & S.B. Merriam

Publisher:  Krieger


ISBN: 1-57524-254-0


Title:  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 5th ed.

Author:  American Psychological Association

Publisher:  American Psychological Association

ISBN: 1-55798-810-2


Please select the book or the film for your final class project:

1)  Title:  The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing

Author:  L. A. Alvord & E. Cohen Van Pelt

Publisher:  Bantam

ISBN: 0-553-10012-2  


2)  The movie Educating Rita available on DVD

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Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
The course will provide a historical perspective of adult education theory, philosophy, and practice, and will examine the role of the adult educator in the 21st century. Additionally, the course will investigate andragogy and various adult learning and teaching theories. 3 cr.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain an understanding of a variety of adult learning and development theories, through readings and article reviews.
  2. Synthesize and understand the meaning and value of reflective practice through weekly discussion questions.
  3. Understand the sociological impact of adult education in the current contexts of the 21st century through readings and discussion questions.
  4. Create their own theory of adult education, based on their knowledge of historical theories of adult learning, in the final paper.
  5. Identify and distinguish the needs (and styles) of adult learners to promote the ideal adult learning climate and environment.
  6. Investigate and examine the most effective methods for educating adult populations in a variety of fields and professions through the final paper.
  7. Explore alternative perspectives in the field of adult education through weekly article reviews of professional peer reviewed journals.
  8. Critique article reviews and establish an annotated bibliography for reference to adult education resources.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. •Distinguish between the various historical events in adult education.  (CPAE 1)
  2. • Compare and contrast the differing adult education philosophies. (CPAE 1, 3, 6
  3. • Identify the different adult teaching and learning theories. (CPAE 1,2, 3, 6; NBTPS 1.2, 2.1)
  4. • Assess the field of adult education in a global context. (CPAE 4; NBTPS 5.1)
  5. • Review and analyze academic literature from various journals and books. (CPAE 6; NBTPS 4.3)
  6. • Evaluate the role of the adult education professional. (CPAE 3, 4; NBTPS 4.3, 5.1)
  7. • Apply the learning from this course in adult learning environments. (CPAE 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NBTPS 1.2)
  8. Commission of Professors of Adult Education Standards (CPAE); National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


Each assignment is allocated points based upon the academic quality and thoroughness of the assignment, which are then added together to obtain the final letter grade. To assist you in meeting the expected grading criteria for assignments, grading rubrics are posted for all assignments including participation under the Course Home. Please pay attention to the rubrics as all the quantitative grading criteria is provided.

Assignment details may be located under the Course Home Assignments


Point Grade Distribution


550 - 515


514– 485


484 - 450


449 - 415


414 - below




Assignments equal 550 points

  • Field Trip Response: 10 points each - total 80 points
  • Personal Philosophy: 50 points
  • GI Bill Response: 15 points
  • Journal Critique Posting: 50 points
  • Philosophy Group Analysis: 15 points each - total 105 points
  • Reflection Paper (Core Assessment): 100 points
  • Final Exam: 70 points
  • Participation: 10 points each - total 80 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any missing activity will be considered an "F". In exceptional circumstances, an "I" (incomplete) may be given; expectations for completion will be agreed upon with the instructor before the end of the semester. In fairness to those who complete the work on time no late assignments will be accepted.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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