This multidisciplinary book represents an initial attempt to connect adult learning and knowledge management in theory and practice. It provides educators, learners and organizational development professionals with new strategies and resources for developing active and effective pedagogies, which in turn prepare learners and practitioners to manage knowledge in organizations and higher education. To do so, it gathers contributions and case studies from a diverse, global team of authors and provides a theoretical and practical outline of new strategies and methods for facilitating adult teaching and learning. It also provides a fresh reading of active learning methods, by adopting a knowledge management viewpoint that is broadly applicable, whether helping students master content in university courses, or helping organizations learn and change.
The book is divided into three main sections: a) methods and theories for adult teaching and learning; b) knowledge management in education; and c) case studies and best practices that consider classroom learning, higher education change, and organization development.
Monica Fedeli is an Associate Professor at the University of Padova, Italy. Her past academic experience includes adjunct professorships at Michigan State University (USA), California University Berkeley School of Education (USA), and the University of Wurzburg (Germany). She designs and delivers programs focused on organizational development and change, workplace learning, faculty development, teaching and learning methods in adult education, and gender equity. She has published more than 100 articles in various national and international journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited four books including Coinvolgere per Apprendere: Metodi e Tecniche per la Formazione. She is a 2020 Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Georgia, USA. Laura L. Bierema is a Professor of Adult Learning, Leadership & Organization Development at the University of Georgia (USA). She designs and delivers programs focused on learning, leadership, and change in corporations, nonprofits, healthcare, government, and higher education. Her research interests include workplace learning, career development, women's leadership, organization development, executive coaching, and critical human resource development. She has published over 60 articles that have appeared in both research and professional publications and has authored, co-authored or edited six books including Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice. Prof. Bierema was the winner of two "book-of-the-year" awards in 2015, and most recently was a 2018 Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Padova, Italy.
Adult Learning Theories and Practices.- Incorporating Active Learning into your Educational Repertoire.- Linking Faculty to Organization Development and Change: Teaching4Learning@Unipd.- Student-Teacher Relationships: The Elephant in the Classroom.- Linking Active Learning and Capstone Project.- Teaching for Globalization: Implications for Knowledge Management in Organizations.- Knowledge Management for Organizational Success: Valuing Diversity and Inclusion across Stakeholders, Structures and Sectors.- Knowledge Management: Theories and Practices.- Using Social Networks and Communities of Practice to Promote Staff Collaboration in Higher Education.- Knowledge Management for Adult and Higher Education: Mapping the Recent Literature.- Sharing Active Learning Practices to Improve Teaching: Peer Observation of Active Teaching in a School of Engineering.- Comparative Studies, the Experience of COMPALL Winter School.- Fostering Knowledge Sharing Via Technology: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning Using Padlet.- The Peer Observation: "Mentore" Project at University of Palermo.