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The Philosophies of Adult Education Inventory

Philosophy of Adult Education

After 15 years, we are finished. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement, using the online PAEI, and more. It has been a complete labor of love, one which has drawn to a close.

No new submissions can be made for the PAEI. If you wish to conduct it yourself, download this file.

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.