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Sharan B. Merriam
Professor Emeritus of Adult Education and Qualitative Research at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA
Lecture Delivered Thursday, September 22, 2011
David Howes Theatre
Globalization is a complex phenomenon characterized by a technologically-linked worldwide market economy and by the movement of people, services, goods, and ideas across national borders. Globalization has fostered a powerful trend of particular importance to the field of adult and higher education—the emergence of lifelong learning as a unifying concept for our practice. Learning is now life-long and life-wide and occurs not only in educational institutions, but in the workplace, cyberspace, the community and one’s family. Higher education also plays a crucial role in this globalized world in preparing learners to be contributing members of the world of today and tomorrow. Explored in Dr. Merriam’s talk are the challenges and opportunities associated with globalization and how adult and higher education might creatively respond by preparing learners to be self-directed in their learning and reflective in their practice.
Professor Merriam’s talk was followed by comments from a panel of educators who brought meaning to a localized understanding of the issues regarding globalization, technology, and life-long learning. Keenly interested audiences are educators in institutions of higher education, adult educators in various aspects of practice, as well as students of adult and higher education.
SHARAN B. MERRIAM is Professor Emeritus of Adult Education and Qualitative Research at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, USA. Merriam’s research and writing activities have focused on adult and lifelong learning, and qualitative research methods. For five years she was coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly, the major research and theory journal in adult education. She has published 26 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is a four-time winner of the prestigious Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education for books published in 1982, 1997, 1999, and 2007. Her most recent books are The Jossey-Bass Reader on Contemporary Issues in Adult Education (2011), Learning in Adulthood (2007), Non-Western Perspectives on Learning and Knowing (2007), and Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation (2009). In 1998 she was a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia, and in 2006 she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Soongsil University in South Korea. From 2009-2010 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences, University Putra Malaysia.
Professor Merriam has made presentations, conducted workshops or been a keynote speaker at conferences and universities in the United States, China, Canada, India, Malaysia, England, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Palestine, South Africa and Brazil. Topics include presentations on current research, adult learning theory, adult development, and qualitative research methods.
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