Catherine Marienau and Kathleen Taylor’s
co-authored publications include:

Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind

Taylor, K., & Marienau, C. (2016). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Using stories, metaphors, and engaging illustrations to illuminate technical ideas, Taylor and Marienau synthesize relevant trends in affective and cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind. The book also provides dozens of “brain-aware” approaches facilitators may adopt or adapt to use in diverse settings. Readers will:

  • Appreciate the fundamental role of experience in adult learning.
  • Understand how metaphor and analogy spark curiosity and creativity.
  • Alleviate adult anxieties that impede learning.
  • Acquire tools and approaches that foster adult learning and development.

What readers are saying…

“Kathleen Taylor and Catherine Marienau’s book, Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind: A Conceptual and Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016), explores what is currently known about the brain, and how that can inform both theories and practices of adult educators. Taylor and Marienau provide meaningful access into complex terrain and devote significant attention to the day-to-day needs of practitioners in various settings.”

Katie Ross, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

“We highly recommend [Taylor & Marienau] to everyone interested in neuroscience research that informs adult learning. [Their work] sheds light on why transformative learning is essential…for breakthrough success.”

Dr. V. Marsick, et al., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind

Effective approaches to fostering developmental growth in women learners: A view from neurophysiology, (2008), in J. Allen (Ed.), Most Women are Students: Implications for College Faculty and Policymakers.  Stirling, VA: Stylus.

Taylor, K., Marienau, C., & Fiddler, M. (2000). Developing Adult Learners: Strategies for Teachers and Trainers.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  [Winner of 2000 Frandson Award]

Kathleen Taylor’s publications (selected):

“Leadership and the Brain: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century” 

“Transformative learning: A developmental perspective” (2012), coauthor with D. Elias, in E. Taylor & P. Cranton (Eds), The Handbook of Transformative Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

“Teaching with the Brain in Mind,” (2008, Fall) coauthor with A. Lamoreaux.  In: S. Merriam, (Ed.), Third Update on Adult Learning Theory, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education No. 119, San Francisco. CA: Jossey-Bass.

“Brain Function and the Mentor’s Role,” All About Mentoring, 33, Winter, 2008.

“Autonomy and self-directed learning: A developmental journey,” (2006), in C. Hoare (Ed.), The handbook of adult development and learning. Oxford University Press.

The Neuroscience of Adult Learning (2006, Summer) co-editor with S. Johnson.  New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education No. 110, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Catherine Marienau’s publications (selected):

Assessing Learning: Quality Standards and Institutional Commitments, (2017) 3rd Ed., coauthor with D. Younger, CAEL. Dubuque, IO: Kendall Hunt.

“Why the adult brain likes PLA.” (2014, December). CAEL Forum & News, 40th Anniversary Edition. Chicago, Il.

“The theory and practice of PLA” (2016), coauthor with P. Brewer, in V. Wang (Ed.), Theory and Practice of Adult and Higher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

“Learning, adults, and CBE,” (2016) coauthor with M. Navarre Cleary, K. Wozniak, G. Wilbur, D. Tolliver Atta, & P. Meyer. In, K. Rasmussen, P. Northrup, & R. Colson (Eds.), Research Handbook on Competency-based Education. IGI Global.


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