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Marjorie Treff
Assistant Clinical Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 2234
Phone : (812) 856-8461
Fax: (812) 856-8239
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Department:  Instructional Systems Technology
Affiliations:  Adult Education
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My teaching / learning philosophy can be described very succinctly: I am a constructivist and humanist. I believe the most authentic and meaningful learning is self-directed, and based on experience. As an adult educator, it is both my passion and obligation to ask learners to question all assumptions, to think critically, and communicate what they know with others.



In the courses I teach, the learners assume an active role, acting as creative and knowledgeable participants not only in their own learning, but also in relationship to others with whom they learn. I incorporate into my teaching practices my beliefs that teaching and learning involves creating communities of practice, and ways to be connected. For any group of individuals to participate in creating community, to cooperate, to collaborate, to share common understandings and meanings, all voices must be heard, all meanings negotiated, and all power shared; the responsibility for each one belongs to everyone. As an educator, I must meet learners at their individual development level and construct learning events with learners that are relevant to their lives.



My research interests are closely linked to my philosophy: framed by the methods and activities in Participation Training (a graduate course in the Adult Education degree program), I study the relationships between group processes and transformative learning on adult development among nontraditional returning adult students, and the ways in which that development influences academic retention and success, and the acceptance of personal and social responsibility.



The courses I teach for the Adult Education master’s degree include:


  • New Student Orientation
  • Introduction to Adult Education Theory
  • Forms and Forces in Adult Education
  • Program Planning and Development in Adult Education
  • The Teaching-Learning Transaction in Adult Education
  • Advanced Program Planning: Power and Voice
  • Distance Education Systems
  • Small Group Theory
  • Instructional Technology Foundations
  • Participation Training (face to face, residential)





Freire, P., & Freire, P. (1973). Education for critical consciousness. New York: Continuum.


  • Ed.D., Adult &
  • Community Education, Ball State University, 2008
  • M.S., Adult Education, IUPUI, 2004
  • B.A., Journalism, IU Bloomington, 1979.
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