This introductory course covers the philosophical foundations, a description of program service areas, adult participation trends, and current issues. The goal for this course is the ability to articulate the foundations and the current situation of adult education as a field of study and practice.
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Experience & Education (1938)
- Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education
Ross-Gordon, Rose, and Kasworm
- Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (2010)
Carol E. Kasworm, Amy Rose & Jovita M. Ross-Gordon
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)
American Psychological Association
Lauren Vilen holds a M.Ed. in Education and Human Resources Studies with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Studio Arts from Hamline University. Lauren’s research interests include adult teaching and learning theory, environmental adult education, community-based education, and the professional identity and development of non-formal educators. Lauren’s professional background includes public lands management and non-profit program management, where she developed and implemented service-learning programs and provided young adults with training and education focused on environmental stewardship and job readiness in the natural resource field.
Jill Zarestky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization, at Colorado State University. Her research interests include nonformal and community-based adult education, art-based learning, and issues of feminism, globalization, and social justice. As a former mathematics faculty member, she also continues interdisciplinary collaborations in STEM education in university and community college settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her master’s degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, and her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development, with a specialization in Adult Education, from Texas A&M University.