Course Descriptions

ADLL 6113. Advanced Adult Learning Theory (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Advanced study of theories and models of adult and lifelong learning with an emphasis on current trends, recent research, and issues affecting the field. Issues covered will include critical theory and advancements in neuroscience and cognition as they relate to adult learning and lifespan development.

ADLL 6123. Leadership and Ethics in Adult and Lifelong Learning (Irregular). 3 Hours.

This doctoral course focuses on leadership principles and ethical considerations that are critical to developing and sustaining adult education programs that benefit individuals, organizations, and communities. Course content will include case study analysis and lectures from scholar-practitioners from the field.

ADLL 6133. Analysis of International Adult and Lifelong Programs (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Survey of the historical and philosophical events which have shaped adult and lifelong learning worldwide. Discussion of issues affecting adult education and lifelong learning including globalization, educational access, and variance in national policies.

ADLL 6143. Instructional Adaptation and Innovation in Adult and Lifelong Learning (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An overview of teaching and learning methods, styles, and techniques which are applicable when facilitating adult learners across diverse settings. Content to include teaching and learning style assessment, accommodating learning styles, physical and learning disabilities, language differences and cultural norms.

ADLL 6153. Policy and Public Governance of Adult and Lifelong Learning Programs (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Policy analysis and public governance issues in adult and lifelong learning with emphasis on state and federal programs. Discussions of how to evaluate, design, and implement policy focused on promoting adult and lifelong learning activities in a myriad of organizations. Overview of trends and current issues related to policy and public governance of adult and lifelong learning.

ADLL 6173. Current Issues (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Exploration and discussion of current issues relative to adult education and lifelong learning. Focus on the review and application of current research as it relates to practice. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ADLL 6183. Organization Development, Learning, and Change (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Using a system perspective, this course examines the theories and practices associated with organization development, learning and change to understand the dynamic nature of organizational life. This course examines the structural frame, the human resource frame, the political frame, and the symbolic frame that influences organizational behavior and learning. The course investigates strategies and best practices for managing and leveraging this dynamism to build organizational capacity and improve performance.

ADLL 6313. Independent Study (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Independent study of topics in adult and lifelong learning.

ADLL 6403. Quantitative Reasoning II for Adult Educators (Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to quantitative reasoning for educators and researchers in adult education. Topics include applying the hypothetic-deductive research process, describing data using statistical terminology, building statistical models, presenting data meaningfully, and using SPSS to analyze data from practical research problems.

ADLL 6413. Quantitative Reasoning I in Adult and Lifelong Learning (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Methodologies for designing descriptive, correlational, and experimental studies. Development of research questions, definition of variables, selection or development of instruments, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of research results. Prerequisite: ADLL 6403or ESRM 6403 or equivalent.

ADLL 6423. Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Methodologies for designing qualitative research studies in adult and lifelong learning settings. Selection of the appropriate qualitative tradition, selection of research subjects, development of data collection protocols, field work strategies, data analysis, data interpretation and presentation of data results.

ADLL 6433. Program Evaluation (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Overview of evaluation strategies in adult and lifelong learning programs that include: development of evaluation questions, selection or development of instrumentation, data collection methods, data analysis, and reporting of evaluation results. Emphasis on practical and ethical issues associated with evaluation processes. Prerequisite: ADLL 6403 or ESRM 6403 or ADLL 6413 or ADLL 6423, or equivalent.

ADLL 6443. Adult and Lifelong Learning Dissertation Seminar (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Development of dissertation proposal. Formation of research question, selection of methodologies, development of problem statement, research questions, and identification of research variables, constructs of phenomena. Identification of data collection and data analysis procedures. Prerequisite: ADLL 6403 or ESRM 6403 or ADLL 6413 or ADLL 6423 or ADLL 6433, or equivalent.

ADLL 700V. Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-18 Hour.

Doctoral Dissertation. Prerequisite: Candidacy. May be repeated for degree credit.