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The Philosophies of Adult Education Inventory

Philosophy of Adult Education

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This is the Philosophy of Adult Education Inventory, originally developed and documented by Lorraine M. Zinn. There are 15 items in this inventory, each beginning with an incomplete sentence followed by five options that might complete the sentence. To respond to the inventory question, read each possible completion for the question and then select the number which most closely represents how you feel about that specific item. The scale ranges from Strongly Disagree with a rating of 1, to Strongly Agree with a rating of 7.

It is essential that you respond to each item, even if you are neutral about it. There are no right or wrong answers.

As you go through the inventory, respond according to what you most frequently or most likely do. If it helps you respond more easily, you may want to focus on a specific course that you teach. If you do focus on a particular course, choose one that you feel most comfortable teaching -- one that you think best reflects your preferred style of teaching.

The inventory must be completed at one time. When you have completed the inventory, your results will be displayed for you and if desired, a PDF of the inventory and the results can be emailed to you.

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