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ADED 700, McCain, Julia, Reaction 2 Paper

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Julia McCain Dr. Waldrum ADED 700-History/Philosophy of Adult Education and Continuing Education Reaction Paper: Humanistic Adult Education February 9, 2008 Humanistic Adult Education is concerned with the Development of the whole person, with emphasis on the emotional and affective dimensions of the learner. Programs with a humanistic design are generally targeted to learners who are highly motivated and self-directed. This highly and self-direction are quality characteristics of humanistic programs, in which learners assume full responsibility for learning. In humanistic adult programs, instructors act as guides, organizers of learning, and facilitators or helpers. That is, rather than dictate the learning program, instructors in humanistic adult education programs help learners decide their own learning paths and rely heavily on communication and collaboration tools (Elias and Merriam 111). Humanism is a broad philosophical point of view that holds sacred the dignity and autonomy of human beings. Its roots can be tracked back to classical China, Greece, and Rome. Historically, humanism has found expression in religion, literature, education, and philosophy. Humanism as a philosophy can be traced back to Confucius and Greco- Roman philosophers, especially Plato and Aristotle. The Italian Renaissance is most often pointed to as the first full expression of humanistic philosophy. Contrarily, despite its repression from the church which at times supported it, Italian humanism introduced the study of Greek, translated Plato’s writings into Latin, and produced work in historiography. A belief that humans had great potential and an innate ethical sense is clearly reflected in humanist writings (Elias & Merriam 112). Christian humanism
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