Author of the Month: December 2008/January 2009Published: January 15, 2009
Curriculum Development for Adult Learners in the Global Community, Volume I Strategic Approaches
Victor CX Wang, assistant professor of CTE and adult education, Professional Studies
Published this August by the Florida-based Krieger Publishing Co., Curriculum Development for Adult Learners in the Global Community, Volume 1 Strategic Approaches describes innovative plans to develop curricula for adult learners in diverse social, cultural and economic contexts. Adult educators and learners require a common and informed conceptual and theoretical framework to assist them in developing meaningful classes for adult learners, a necessary step if adult and continuing education are to continue to evolve as both a strong discipline and a professional field of practice throughout the global community. The research-based project began in 2007 at Wang’s suggestion. He composed chapter titles for the book according to prominent syllabi on curriculum development for adult learners in career and technical education and adult education. He sent the call for chapters to research professors in the country and, within two weeks, received many chapter proposals from leading universities. Finally, he focused on those scholars/professors who are recipients of the Cyril O. Houle Scholar Award in Adult and Continuing Education, the Adult Education Early Career Award, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Cyril O. Houle Scholars Research Grant for Emerging Scholars in Adult Education and the Lilly Fellow award in adult education. In addition, these contributors are program directors, journal editors and department chairs from such universities as the University of Georgia, Fordham University, Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Missouri, the University of Tennessee and Northern Illinois University. Before its publication, the book was reviewed and approved by Patricia Cranton and Edgar Boone who are considered experts’ experts on curriculum development in the field. All chapters are research-based and the editor’s chapter will appear in the book’s upcoming second volume.