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Volunteering and Adult Learning [microform] / Sandra Kerka
Bib ID 5620861
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Kerka, Sandra
Online Versions
Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998 
4 p. 

ERIC Digest ; No. 202.


Like adult education, the field of volunteer management shows increasing movement toward professionalization. The establishment of standards--both for the profession of volunteer management and for volunteer service itself--is generating debates similar to adult educators' debates over purposes and objectives. The types of learning that occur in volunteer settings cross the spectrum of adult learning and include the following: instrumental learning, problem solving, experiential learning, empowerment, formal education and training, informal and incidental learning, and self-directed learning projects. Because much of volunteers' learning occurs beyond managerial control, volunteer managers may need to focus on how their organizational culture supports learning. Volunteering holds great potential for adult learning, even if the connections are not always explicit. Adult educators can help improve the quality of learning through the volunteer experience in the following ways: advocate a broader view of learning that goes beyond courses and workshops to include mentoring, peer support, and information needs; share with volunteer managers current knowledge about self-directed learning, program development, and assessment of adult learners; and provide greater recognition and support for informal learning by increasing individuals' capacity for critical reflection, enabling them to recognize and document their volunteer activities as learning experiences. (Contains 15 references) (MN)


Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RR93002001.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adult Education.  |  Adult Learning.  |  Educational Opportunities.  |  Learning Processes.  |  Organizational Climate.  |  Voluntary Agencies.  |  Volunteer Training.  |  Volunteers.  |  Learning Organizations Volunteer Management  |  ERIC Digests
Form/genre ERIC Publications.  |  ERIC Digests in Full Text.
Other authors/contributors ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
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