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Ralph G. Brockett, Ph.D.

Interim Department Head

Professor, Educational Psychology and Research, Adult Learning Concentration

Curriculum Vita


Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1982 (Adult Education)
M.Ed., University of Toledo, 1977 (Guidance and Counseling)
B.A., University of Toledo, 1976 (Psychology)

Research Interests

Self-Directed Learning
Adult Learning and Development
Ethics in Adult Education
Adult Education as a Field of Study and Practice

Recent Publications

Merriam, S.B., & Brockett, R.G. (2007). The profession and practice of adult education (Updated edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brockett, R.G., & Hiemstra, R. (2004). Toward ethical practice. Malabar, FL:  Krieger.

Stockdale, S.L. & Brockett, R.G. (In press). Development of the PRO-SDLS: An instrument to measure self-directed learning based on the personal responsibility model. Adult Education Quarterly. (Accepted).

Skolits, G.J., Brockett, R.G., & Hiemstra, R. (In press). Publishing in peer reviewed and non-refereed journals: Processes, strategies, and tips, in Tonette S. Rocco & Tim Hatcher (Eds.) Demystifying the Writing and Publishing Process: A Guide for Emerging Scholars. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Davis, C.A., Bailey, C., Nypaver, M., Rees, T., & Brockett, R.G. (2010). Learning projects and graduate students: An update of Tough’s study. International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 7(1), 14-28.

Conner, T.R., Carter, S.L., Dieffenderfer, V., & Brockett, R.G. (2009). A citation analysis of self-directed learning literature: 1980-2008. International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 6(3), 53-75. (Note: Article published in 2010).

Brockett, R.G., & Hiemstra, R. (2005). Promoting ethical practice in adult education. Adult Learning, 16(3-4), 4-6. (Note: Article published in 2007).

Brockett, R.G. (2006). Self-directed learning and the paradox of choice. International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 3(2), 27-33.

Courses Taught

EDPY 506              Modes of Inquiry
EDPY 520              Survey of Adult Education
EDPY 525              Adult Learning
EDPY 527              Ethical Issues in Adult Education
EDPY 529              Facilitating Adult Learning
EDPY 625              Advanced  Seminar in Adult Learning
EDPY 630              Proseminar in Adult Learning

Professional Memberships

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
Commission of Professors of Adult Education (Past Chair)
International Society for Self-Directed Learning (Board Member)

Editorial Boards

Adult Education Quarterly
International Journal of Self-Directed Learning

Awards and Honors

International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, Inducted 2005
Malcolm Knowles Award for Self-Directed Learning, 2004
Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education, 1997

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my spouse, Mary, and our dog, Socks. My hobbies include travel, music, and history (especially Presidential history).


Updated 11/2/2012


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