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Wednesday, November 1
11:15 am - 12:30 pm

"Making a Difference: Challenges and Possibilities for a Diverse Field"

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This presentation will address issues related to the policy, research and practice of adult and continuing education as a professional field that continues to evolve.  Since the 1950s, adult educators have endeavored to develop a professional field that represents a wealth of diverse realms of practice, while valuing the impact of research for the development of the field. In surveying the status of our profession, we note that there are continuing tensions, both within the field, and in terms of how the field is viewed by the larger world. This keynote will highlight several ways in which these tensions are currently manifest, and explore possibilities for positioning the field to maximize its impact in a world where adult education and lifelong learning matter more than ever.

Dr. Amy Rose, Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon and Dr. Carol Kasworm

Amy D. Rose is an emeritus professor of adult education at Northern Illinois University where she taught for over twenty-five years. She has written and presented on issues related to history and policy analyses in the areas of literacy, women, and adults in higher education. In addition to articles and proceedings, she was a co-editor of the Handbook of Adult Continuing Education: 2010 Edition. More recently, she is a co-author of Professional Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education (2017). She served as a co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2010-2013 and is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. In addition, she has served as a president of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education and on the Board for ten years. She is an ex-officio member of the COABE Board and also currently serves on the Board of the International Society for Comparative Adult Education (ISCAE).


Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon is currently a professor of adult education at Texas State University in San Marcos; she taught previously at Penn State University and the University of South Florida. Her research centers on teaching and learning of adults, focusing particularly on adult learners in higher education and on issues of diversity and equity. Dr. Ross-Gordon is co-author of the Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education (2017)); co-editor of the Handbook of Adult Continuing Education: 2010 Edition; and author or co-author of numerous articles and book chapters on adult and continuing education. She currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education series and has served as the co-editor of Adult Education Quarterly. Dr. Ross-Gordon has served as chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education; on the publications, nominations, and Okes Research Award Committees of AAACE; and on the steering and host committees of the Adult Education Research Conference. Her recent honors include induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and the Career Achievement Award of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.


 Dr. Carol E. Kasworm is the W. Dallas Herring Emerita Professor of Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. Dr. Kasworm’s career has included leadership, administration, instructional, and program development efforts in faculty and academic administrative roles at North Carolina State University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of South Florida, and Michigan State University. She received her B.A. degree in psychology and sociology from Valparaiso University, her M.A. in higher education from Michigan State University and her Ed.D. in adult education from University of Georgia.

Her main research and writing interests have focused upon the adult undergraduate experience, including the nature of learning engagement and participation patterns of adult students, the situated influences of varied higher education contexts on adult learners, and of the role of adult higher education in a lifelong learning society. Her scholarship includes her recent co-authored text, Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education, her co-editorship of the Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education:2010, as well as 4 other books, 33 book chapters, 80 refereed and nonrefereed journal articles and proceedings, as well as numerous papers and presentations. She has received a number of honors including induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame; Distinguished Professional Achievement Alumni Award from the College Of Education, University of Georgia; Imogene Okes Research Award, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education; Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement by the University of Tennessee; 2014 Marlowe Froke Outstanding Publication Award by the Association of Continuing Higher Education: Outstanding Research Award; 2016 Malcolm Knowles Memorial Self-directed Learning Award; and Fellow of the International Self-Directed Learning Society. She has been a Fulbright specialist in Finland and a visiting scholar in Denmark, Germany, Korea, and Malaysia.

Dr. Kasworm has served on a number of editorial boards, including Adult Education Quarterly, the Journal of Continuing Higher Education, and Journal of Transformative Learning, Among her professional contributions, she has participated in varied leadership roles in the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, the Commission of the Professors of Adult Education, the Adult Education Research Conference, and the American Educational Research Association.


Closing Session Speaker - Friday, November 3
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

"Variations on a Theme of Good Teaching"

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Dan Pratt

Dan Pratt is Professor Emeritus of Adult & Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies and holds a cross appointment to the Faculty of Medicine, in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES). He was a faculty member for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Educators’ Course (2004-11) and has been a faculty member for the Harvard Macy Institute for the Health Professions since 2009. Dan has been a visiting professor and consultant at universities across North
America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His primary area of scholarship and
academic interest is in teaching and learning.

Dan Pratt’s scholarship and professional practices have focused on the exploration of teaching and learning across variations in disciplinary traditions, professional contexts,
social and cultural norms. With his graduate students he identified antecedents that give rise to significant differences in how we understand and enact the social role of teacher.
The central message of his work is that effective teaching is cultural, situational, and personal. There must be, therefore, a plurality of good teaching, rather than a singular orthodoxy
of good teaching. The implications are most critical not only when considering how to facilitate student learning, but also when considering how to develop or evaluate another’s teaching.

In 1992 Dan received the Killam Teaching Prize at UBC. In 1999 his book, “Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education”, won the Cyril O. Houle Award for most outstanding literature in adult education. In 2008 he received Canada’s most prestigious university teaching award – the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. In 2011, Dan was inducted into the Adult and Continuing Education International Hall of Fame. And in 2012, Dan Pratt and John Collins won the Imogene Okes Research/Scholarship Award for their work on the validity and reliability of the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI). As of August 2016, more than 400,000 people
have taken the TPI.

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