AD2854: Adult Education - Theory and Approaches

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 2 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 7hr(s) Other (day session); 2 x 2hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of educational approaches that contribute to the promotion of human wellbeing and social justice.
Module Content: Developmental educational psychology; pedagogy and 'androgogy'; multiple intelligences; learning styles; humanistic approaches to education; emancipatory approaches to education; experiential education; social policy in relation to adult education in Ireland.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the relevance of developmental educational psychology for adult education.
  • Critically discuss the difference between pedagogy and 'androgogy'.
  • List the multiple intelligences identified by Gardner and distinguish a variety of learning styles.
  • Discern their own areas of distinctive intelligence and preferred learning styles.
  • Compare and contrast humanistic and other approaches to education.
  • Compare and contrast emancipatory and other approaches to education.
  • Describe key features of experiential education.
  • Identify key elements in the Irish social policy relating to adult education.
  • Identify the personal and social consequences of poor education and poor educational attainment.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education).

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