Many college instructors think of their undergraduate students as adults and treat them as such. Understanding some of the characteristics and challenges of adult learners at Vanderbilt can enable faculty to support these students in positive ways. Despite being thought of as adults by many of their instructors, undergraduate students themselves do not share the perception that they are adults.
Abstract Research on learners has shown that adults learn differently from younger students. Adults have special needs as learners and these needs should be taken into consideration when planning training for adults. By using combinations of adult learner techniques and strategies, Extension educators can create training experiences that will enhance the learning of participants.
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These resources include information on the particular common needs of adult learners and how to meet those needs most effectively in a training setting. There is also information on personal learning styles, which can inform your training design. Included in this tool are five principles of adult learning, information on how to address the needs and priorities of adult learners, and strategies for working with them successfully.
Adult literacy work is based on a philosophy of adult education which is concerned with personal development and social action. Because literacy in modern society is a complex issue, adult literacy work must enable students to connect their literacy and numeracy learning with the reality of their daily lives, and with past experience. Therefore, personal development is an integral part of the learning process.
Education is an essential component of the reconstruction, development and transformation of South African society. The government's policy for Adult Basic Education and Training ABET must be understood within the overarching goal of building a just and equitable system which provides good quality education and training to adult learners throughout the country. An outcomes-based programme, ABET aims to provide basic learning tools, knowledge and skills, and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications.
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This comprehensive, integrated multimedia resource supports instructional leaders, mentors, and beginning teachers to implement a teacher induction program. It features information briefs, instructional strategies and techniques, online interactive tools, online courses, and role-based step-by-step implementation guides. The Toolkit was field tested in adult education programs and may be adapted to fit a variety of individual program and teacher needs.
SNA recognizes that training staff is not without its challenges. You are tasked with training different types of learners and this can often be difficult. Your learners all bring something to the table but how to you leverage that? How do you meet the needs of your learners in the time that you have to train?