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Adult Learning for Self and Relational Growth (ALG)

An Integrative Developmental Model

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Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Adult Learning for Self and Relational Growth Model (ALG)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 3-7
    3. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 9-28
    4. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 29-35
  3. The ALG Model: Instructional Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 39-50
    3. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 51-60
    4. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 61-74
    5. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 75-82
    6. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 83-87
  4. The ALG Model: Recapitulation and Ultimate Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 91-96
    3. Isabel Borrás
      Pages 97-101
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 103-126

About this book


This book describes an adult non-formal learning model, Adult Learning for Self and Relational Growth (ALG), aimed at promoting adults’ development in autonomy and interdependence, from early adulthood to old age.

Grounded on tenets from cognitive psychology, philosophy, sociology, and adult education, the model assumes that human development is propelled by two psychological needs, personal betterment and social belonging, and that the materialization of such development requires on the one hand, the exercise of human thought abilities like reflectivity, generativity, and creativity, and on the other, a milieu enabling such exercise. 

To address those requirements, the model proposes a conviviality-oriented instructional approach with three learning venues (Explorations, Enrichments, and Creations) featuring a variety of illustrative courses and projects. The approach offers adults opportunities to access and share information and knowledge leading to critical reflection on their beliefs and value systems, as well as opportunities to use their creativity and generativity to express their ideas and feelings, and to act for the common good. 

Attainment of the instructional approach’s objectives, both age-related and general (Cultivate, Cope and Care), could help adults achieve a decentralized personalist perspective on development. A perspective that, based on personal valuation and justification of individual growth with and by the growth of others, could result in adults’ greater self-determination, humanness, and capacity for social change. 

The book also describes and justifies the makeup of the model’s target population and the learning centers suitable for its implementation.


Adult learning ALG autonomy cognitive development common good conscientization conviviality creativity critical thinking empathy generativity humanness inclusiveness interdependence motivation personalism reciprocity social critical theory social justice

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Adult Learning for Self and Relational Growth (ALG)
  • Book Subtitle An Integrative Developmental Model
  • Authors Isabel Borrás
  • Series Title International Issues in Adult Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-417-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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