Adult Learning and CTE: A Shared History Influenced by Technology

Adult Learning and CTE: A Shared History Influenced by Technology

Judith Parker (Teachers College/Columbia University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-747-3.ch011
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Abstract

While the fields of adult learning and career and technical education began in isolated silos, as the fields emerged, their histories became entwined and technology had a profound influence on their growth and direction. This chapter will begin by exploring the beginnings of adult learning and CTE as two fields developing in parallel paths and serving two different audiences. However, as the fields developed, there is evidence of their entwinement in both the literature and programs within organizations. In addition, from the Gutenberg printing press to today’s Web 2.0, technology has played an important part in the development and direction of both of these fields This chapter will examine this history of silos and connections and continue to explore the role of technology in the future growth and meshing of these fields to generate even more effective and efficient learning.
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11.2 Background

To understand the development of each of the three components of this chapter, the history of adult learning, career and technical education and technology will each be explored individually. By approaching it this way, readers will have a clear understanding of how the fields of adult learning and career and technical education began in isolated silos, then emerged as inseparable fields and later became profoundly influenced by technology.

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