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Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community and Extension Education, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO


This study examines adult-centered distance education research articles in two adult education journals: Adult Education Quarterly and the American Journal of Distance Education. Results show that studies of delivery modes and systems; i.e., asynchronous and synchronous modes, learning management systems, television and Web delivery, and course design were most prevalent in both journals. Among topics of interest to adult educators, the self-directed nature of distance learning was predominant. Other topics traditionally associated with adult education, such as access, equity, and social change themes in distance education, were least prevalent in both journals.

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