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Online Professional Development for Adults: Utilizing Andragogical Methods in Research and Practice
Technology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development (2013)
  • J. Bernard Bradley, Ph.D., GPC
Abstract
Online professional development programs for adults are increasing in frequency. Numerous scholarly articles have been written that offer polemical or anecdotal evidence supporting the effectiveness of andragogically facilitated non-formal professional development courses, including those conducted online. However, few empirical studies have been conducted to validate their usefulness, especially those offered via the Internet. Such non-formal educational programming may be most conducive to both implementing and empirically testing a more purist definition of andragogy (Pratt, 1988; Rachal, 2002; Bradley, 2011). This chapter explores the theoretical frameworks of andragogy, as well as existing experimental or quasi-experimental research studies, with a view toward creating more learner-centered non-formal educational transactions that meet the unique needs of adult learners. Lastly, suggestions for both practitioners and researchers alike are offered to help build the body of evidence-based research and extend practical advice to educators when designing and facilitating virtual learning programs for adults that emphasize professional development.
Keywords
  • andragogy; pedagogy,
  • professional dvelopment; nonformal learning,
  • online learning,
  • distance education,
  • experimental research,
  • adult learning,
  • grant writing,
  • nonprofit
Publication Date
Winter February 1, 2013
Editor
Valerie C. Bryan; Victor C.X. Wang
Publisher
IGI Global
ISBN
9781466629554
Citation Information
J. Bernard Bradley. "Online Professional Development for Adults: Utilizing Andragogical Methods in Research and Practice" Hershey, PATechnology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/j_bradley/1/