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Adult education and academic libraries

Adult education and academic libraries The purpose of this paper is to offer practicing academic librarians an overview of adult education theories as a way to more deeply understand and further foster adult learning in academic libraries.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a literature review.FindingsThis review introduces academic librarians to a range of specific adult education learning theories; it offers examples of academic library users engaging in these types of adult learning; it considers how academic libraries can further foster adult learning; and it identifies major characteristics of adult learners.Originality/valueThis literature review offers a summative overview of adult education in a way that has not appeared in the library literature to date, along with explicit connections between adult education theories and academic library practices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information and Learning Science Emerald Publishing

Adult education and academic libraries

Information and Learning Science , Volume 119 (7/8): 10 – Sep 20, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-5348
DOI
10.1108/ils-04-2018-0030
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to offer practicing academic librarians an overview of adult education theories as a way to more deeply understand and further foster adult learning in academic libraries.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a literature review.FindingsThis review introduces academic librarians to a range of specific adult education learning theories; it offers examples of academic library users engaging in these types of adult learning; it considers how academic libraries can further foster adult learning; and it identifies major characteristics of adult learners.Originality/valueThis literature review offers a summative overview of adult education in a way that has not appeared in the library literature to date, along with explicit connections between adult education theories and academic library practices.

Journal

Information and Learning ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 20, 2018

Keywords: Higher education; Andragogy; Academic libraries; Lifelong learning; Adult education; Education theories

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