Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach: The Power of Dialogue in Educating Adults Revised Edition
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In this updated version of her landmark book Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, celebrated adult educator Jane Vella revisits her twelve principles of dialogue education with a new theoretical perspective gleaned from the discipline of quantum physics. Vella sees the path to learning as a holistic, integrated, spiritual, and energetic process. She uses engaging, personal stories of her work in a variety of adult learning settings, in different countries and with different educational purposes, to show readers how to utilize the twelve principles in their own practice with any type of adult learner, anywhere.


The Author

Jane Vella is the founder of Global Learning Partners, Inc., and is former adjunct professor at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has designed and led community education and staff development programs in more than forty countries around the world. She is currently retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she continues her research on adult learning.


Foreword to the 1994 Edition (Malcolm S. Knowles).

Preface to the Revised Edition 2002.

The Author.

Part One: A Process That Works and Why.

1. Twelve Principles for Effective Adult Learning.

2. Quantum Thinking and Dialogue Education.

3. How the Principles Inform Course Design:Two Examples.

Part Two: The Principles in Practice:Across Cultures and Around the World.

4. Learning Needs and Resources Assessment:Taking the First Step in Dialogue.

5. Safety: Creating a Safe Environment for Learning.

6. Sound Relationships: Using the Power ofFriendship.

7. Sequence and Reinforcement: Supporting TheirLearning.

8. Praxis: Turning Practice into Action andReflection.

9. Learners as Decision Makers: Harnessing thePower of Self Through Respect.

10. Learning with Ideas, Feelings, and Actions:Using the Whole Person.

11. Immediacy: Teaching What Is Really Useful toLearners.

12. Assuming New Roles for Dialogue: Embracingthe Death of the Professor.

13. Teamwork: Celebrating Learning Together.

14. Engagement: Learning Actively.

15. Accountability: Knowing How They KnowThey Know.

Part Three: Becoming an EffectiveTeacher of Adults16. Reviewing the Twelve Principles and QuantumThinking.

17. How Do You Know You Know? Supposing andProposing.

Appendix: Ways of Doing Needs Assessment.




Praise for the first edition of Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach

The book is highly recommended reading for every trainer in the Habitat for Humanity organization.

"The deep lessons [this book] contains creep up on you and flower into joyful insights. Jane Vella is one of the most gifted adult educators I have known."
--from the Foreword by Malcolm S. Knowles, professor emeritus, North Carolina State University

"The stories furnish 'real life' support for the effectiveness of this approach to adult learning in different cultures and give the reader the opportunity to vicariously experience popular education in action."
--Adult Education Quarterly

"Recommended for anyone interested in education and training at any level."
--Library Journal