Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Ralph G. Brockett, PhD

Ralph Cropped April 2015

526 Bailed Education Complex
1126 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452


I enjoy spending time with my wife, Mary, and our dog, Socks. My hobbies include travel, music, and history (especially Presidential history).


Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Educational Psychology and Research – Adult Learning


  • PhD, Adult Education, Syracuse University, 1982
  • MEd, Guidance and Counseling, University of Toledo, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, University of Toledo, 1976

Curriculum Vita

Research Interests

  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Teaching Adults
  • Ethics in Adult Education
  • Adult Education as a Field of Study and Practice

Recent Publications

Brockett, R.G. (In press). Teaching adults: A practical guide for new teachers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kirk, J.M., Shih, C.K., Smeltzer, B.C., Holt, L.L., & Brockett, R.G. (in press). A citation analysis of the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning: 2004-2011. Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning.

Recent Presentations

Smeltzer, B., & Brockett, R.G. (2014, February). Using the revised Tough interview schedule to explore vocational learning projects or selected non-vocational areas. Presented at the 28th annual International Self-Directed Learning Symposium, Cocoa Beach, FL.


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