Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisites: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Precluded Course: MDDE 611 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for Athabasca University's EDUC 309
Instructor: Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin
MDDE 611: Foundations of Adult Education introduces the purposes of adult education, and provides an overview of adult education theory and practice. Although the course is not intended as a comprehensive examination of the field of adult education, it will provide you with a foundation for studying other adult education courses and related fields.
A complementary course to MDDE 611 within the MEd and MAIS programs is MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning.
The goals of the course are to provide you with the following skills and knowledge:
The course is composed of seven units:
Unit 1: Exploring the Foundations
Unit 2: Understanding the Social
Unit 3: Education for Economy
Unit 4: Education for Transformation
Unit 5: Education for Diversity
Unit 6: Education at a Distance: Online and Open
Unit 7: Canadian Adult Education in a Global Context
Students will be assessed on the basis of three assignments, and course participation.
Assignment 1: Chapter Review (25%)
Assignment 2: Program Critique Group Presentation (25%)
Assignment 3: Research Paper (30%)
Course Participation: (20%)
Online Study Guide and Readings.
Athabasca University (1988). Perspectives: On adult education. (Interviews with Malcolm Knowles, Allen Tough, Patricia Cross and Roger Boshier). Athabasca, AB: AU Press. (E-text)
Freire, P. (2003). Pedagogy of the oppressed. Revised 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Continuum. [Original work published 1970]. (E-text)
Nesbit, T., Brigham, S., Taber, N., & Gibb, T. (Eds.) (2013). Building on critical traditions: Adult education and learning in Canada. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing.
Spencer, B., & Lange E. (2014). The purposes of adult education: A short introduction. Toronto, ON: Thompson.
Welton, M. (Ed.) (1987). Knowledge for the people. Toronto, ON: OISE. (E-text)
Early access to the Moodle Learning Management System begins a few days before the official start date of your course. At that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will become active.
Last updated by MM April 23, 2017