Adult Learning Theories and Practices

  • Laura L. BieremaEmail author
Part of the Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning book series (IAKM, volume 8)


The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the theory and practice of adult learning. The chapter defines adult learning and introduces a framework of adult learning (Bierema, Strategic approaches towards curriculum development for adult learners in the global community, pp. 7–33, 2008; Merriam & Bierema, Adult learning: Bridging theory and practice, 2014) that focuses on the educators, learners, processes, contexts, and methods that make up adult learning. Effective teaching is critical in an age where problems are difficult to solve and require deep learning and collaboration. Creating powerful formal instruction is easier and more impactful with an understanding of adult learning theory and how to translate it into meaningful practice to enhance learning.


Adult learning Educator Learner Process Context Method 


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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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