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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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Adult Learning Theory and Application in HRD

Victoria J. Marsick

Teachers College

Aliki Nicolaides and Karen e. Watkins

The University of Georgia

INTRODUCTION

Adult education practice is grappling with the decentralized, networked, technology-savvy, global, complex environments in which many today live and work. Adults are pressed to acquire new knowledge and skills, as well as translate what they know and learn into usable knowledge for work. In this chapter, we trace the roots of such learning; examine it in relationship to individual, group, and organizational learning; and discuss opportunities, challenges, and shortfalls that arise from the ...

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