Book Review #1

Lin, M. H. (2006). Adult Development, Gender Education, and Learning. Taipei, China: Wu-

Nan Book Incorporated.

林, 美和. (2006). 成人發展、性別與學習. 臺北市, 中国: 五南.

Page count: 450 pages

Price: $105.34 CAD

ISBN: 957-11-4484-3

Audience: All adult educators and teachers. Anyone interested in knowing the different learning needs and developmental stages of females.

Overall rating: Excellent

Strengths: Easy to understand. Applicable to understanding the principles behind education and being a learner. Explains in detail of the differences between men’s and women’s education and developmental stages, and how that contributes to their different learning needs.

Weaknesses: The author focuses mainly on university level teaching. Some material seems redundant, repeating the same sentences in different words to convey the same concept. The high price tag may also be a setback to potential interested readers.


The writer presents learning as a continuous, lifelong process that’s enriched by experiences. The development of learning is a pathway that every individual needs to ensure success, and what our current society’s philosophy and foundation is based upon. Every developmental stage from an infant to adulthood is important in making an individual who she/he is. Different developmental stages have different learning tasks and level of information that needs to be learned and grasped.

The author also focuses on female development and how that contributes to learning. She presents views to rethink gender, knowledge, and development in the learning of women by exploring their experiences. The writer’s goal is to emphasize and awaken women rights through learning and education, acknowledge their full potential, and encourage involvement in achieving gender equality in society.

Cultural Themes for Consideration

This novel is mainly based on European and North American theories of education. As a result, the author’s teaching components/methods remains consistent with common adult learning perspectives in North America. However, one cultural theme that emerged was the motivation and empowerment of women to actively seek and drive changes in gender equality. This is significant since gender roles are more prominent in Asia and the portrayal for women is more predominately defined through history, with less exposure to gender equality.


The book is an excellent resource for educators interested in teaching student at the undergraduate and graduate level. It is highly recommended for teachers interested in learning about how developmental stages affects learning and female students’ learning needs.