Who is Cyril O. Houle?

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Cyril O. Houle was a professor of adult education at the University of Chicago. He was recognized and praised for his unique approach to adult and continuing education. Houle wrote a total of fourteen books on the subject, and he has received a multitude of awards for his work. He...

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Cyril O. Houle was a professor of adult education at the University of Chicago. He was recognized and praised for his unique approach to adult and continuing education. Houle wrote a total of fourteen books on the subject, and he has received a multitude of awards for his work. He also served as the president of the Chicago Literary Club and gave several addresses for them.

In 1981, The Cyril O. Houle Award was established to honor his memory and scholastic legacy. The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, or the AAACE, gives the award to a work—which must have been published in the previous year in English—that resonates soundly with the challenges and concerns facing adult education throughout the world.

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Cyril O. Houle was a notable professor of education at the University of Chicago. From 1939—1978, he taught innovative approaches to adult education. In addition to being a member of the faculty, Houle also served as a dean. In addition, he worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Professor Houle believed in life long learning. When the University of Chicago started its first adult education program he said of the students

They find that the liberal arts create enjoyment for the mature mind, and they experience the excitement of discovering their unsuspected abilities and ideas.

Professor Houle was a prolific pioneer in the field, writing 14 books and teaching at 6 universities. He was known for his theory on motivation in adult education. Rather than researching institutions, Houle considered individual adult learners.

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