As more is discovered about the powerful impact of lifelong learning on adults, educators are changing their views about how, when and where we learn. Learning is no longer defined only in the context of formal educational settings but in social context as well – including families, the workplace, and religious and political groups. This book explores how learning is our lifetime quest to understand personal identity, purpose and meaning while conforming and adapting to the perceived and real confines of our paradoxical society.

The author examines the complex social experience of learning, revealing how culture, gender, race and other societal factors shape an individual’s identity and ability to function in relationships – the basis of all learning. He also discusses the difficult paradox of cultivating creative thinking and reflective action in a society that values the acquisition of degrees, certificates and titles over actual learning and growth.

part |97 pages

The Development of the Social Self

chapter 1|14 pages

The Nature of Human Learning

chapter 3|17 pages

Being and the Birth of the Self

chapter 4|18 pages

Understanding Conscious Action

chapter 5|18 pages

Learning and Action

chapter 6|12 pages

Interests and Learning

part |149 pages

Personal Growth Through Lifelong Learning

chapter 7|18 pages

Being a Person

chapter 9|12 pages

Being and Having

chapter 10|22 pages

Meaning and Truth

chapter 11|18 pages

Learning, Personhood, and the Workplace

chapter 12|14 pages

Aging and Wisdom

chapter 13|12 pages

Learning and Change

chapter 14|14 pages

The Political Dimension of Learning

chapter 15|13 pages

Implications for Teaching and Education