Professor Stein's work centers on three elements important to the working adult, adult centered of formal learning organizations, ie post secondary, access and availability, and use of formal learning opportunities. His recent research has focused on how working adult learners make decisions concerning participation, choice, and use of technology in learning settings (formal, nonformal, informal).
Professor Stein’s research also focuses on adult Jewish learning and distance education. He is interested in adult learning processes with an emphasis on developing critical reflective thinking skills through adult education programs. He has conducted research on adult learning in the Jewish Community and currently is investigating the relationship between participation in adult Jewish education and religious practice. He has given over 150 presentations and has published a variety of articles on adult learning. Professor Stein currently serves on the Committee for Lifelong Jewish Learning of the Union for Reform Judaism. He is the co-author of Adult Learning in Community (2002) published by Jossey- Bass as part of the series New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education.
Other Research Interests
Adult Development and Aging
- Use of the internation
- Civic Education
- Online instructor development
- Use of electronic tools to design curriculum
- Developing social, teaching and cognitive presence
- Pedagogical practices for teaching online
- Use of discussions for improving critical thinking
Technology Teacher Education
Workforce Development and Education
- Adult learning theory
- Adult teaching(andragogical practices)
- Program planning