Continuing to Build a Discipline at the Borders of Thought

Carol Hoare

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Continuing to Build a Discipline at the Borders of Thought

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This chapter sets the stage for the content that follows. Noting that conceptual advances are often made at the boundaries of disciplines, the reciprocal learning-development equation is explored as the pathway to greater understandings about the complex, changing adult. The youth of knowledge in adult development and learning is examined, as are recent changes in prospects for adult life and longevity. The role of cognitive engagement in forestalling mental deterioration is addressed, as is recent knowledge that neurocognitive plasticity continues in the adult brain. The key concepts of adult development and adult learning are then defined and examined. An overview of the remainder of the edition closes the chapter.

Keywords: reciprocal; learning; development; adulthood; cognitive engagement; neurocognitive plasticity

Article.  8322 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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