Working with Adult Learners

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Working with Adult Learners. Leadership Day Thursday, August 2, 2012. Objectives. At the end of this session, participants shall: Know and understand the difference between pedagogy and andragogy. Know and understand the characteristics of adult learners. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Working With Adult LEarnersWorking with Adult LearnersLeadership DayThursday, August 2, 2012ObjectivesAt the end of this session, participants shall:Know and understand the difference between pedagogy and andragogy.Know and understand the characteristics of adult learners.Understand CCS vision for future training sessions on adult learning.ActivitySort the characteristics of learners into two categories: Andragogy and Pedagogy.Pair/Share Discuss one situation where you have taught or participated in an adult learning situation. Was there an example of being taught correctly as an adult? of being taught as a child, even though you were an adult?Characteristics of Adult LearnersWhen it comes to learning, adults are not over sized children. Maturity brings unique characteristics that affect how adults are motivated to learn. By appealing to the unique qualities of adult learners, we can design more effective and motivating professional development sessions. AutonomyAdults typically prefer a sense of control and self-direction. They like options and choice in the learning environment. Even adults who feel anxiety from self-direction may learn to appreciate this approach if given proper initial support.Telltale Comment: I want to look this up on my own. Goal-orientedMany adults have specific goals they are trying to achieve. They prefer to partake in learning activities that help them reach their goals.Telltale Comment: How does this fit for me?PracticalAdults in the workplace prefer practical knowledge and experiences that will make work easier or provide important skills. In other words, adults need personal relevance in learning activities.Telltale Comment: Is this practical?Competence and MasteryAdults like to gain competence in workplace skills as it boost confidence and improves self-esteem. They prefer specific learning to survey learning. Telltale Comment: I want a session on Excel, not on Office.Learning by ExperienceMany adults prefer to learn by doing rather than listening to lectures.Telltale Comment: Let me practice. Wealth of KnowledgeIn the journey from childhood to adulthood, people accumulate a unique store of knowledge and experiences. They bring this depth and breadth of knowledge to the learning situation.Telltale Comment: I already know this. PurposefulWorkplace training is often part of an initiative that involves change. Adults want to know the purpose of training and the motivation underlying an organizations training initiative.Telltale Comment: I want an expert who has done it successfully. Emotional BarriersThrough experience many adults may fear a subject, have anxiety about a subject or feel anger about forced changes in job responsibilities or policies. These emotions can interfere with the learning process.Telltale Comment: Who says? Who says this is better?Results-orientedAdults are results-oriented. They have specific expectations for what they will get out of learning activities.They will often drop out of voluntary learning if their expectations aren't met.Telltale Comment: Can I use this right away?Outside ResponsibilitiesMost adult learners have numerous responsibilities and commitments to family, friends, community, and work. Carving out time for learning affects adult learners.Telltale Comment: I hope this isnt a waste of my time. Potential Physical LimitationsDepending on their age and physical condition, adult learners may acquire psychomotor skills more slowly than younger students.They may have more difficulty reading small fonts and seeing small images on the computer screen.Telltale Comment: Show me how?Big PictureAdults require the big picture of what theyre learning. They need to know how the small parts fit into the larger landscape.Telltale Comment: Is this on top of all I have to do? Responsible for SelfAdult learners often take responsibility for their own success or failure at learning.Telltale Comment: I want to look this up on my own. Need for CommunityMany self-directed adult learners prefer a learning community with whom can interact and discuss questions and issues.Telltale Comment: Im here with a colleague. ApplicationConsider your opening day with staff.What 2 principles of adult learning can you use in the way you work with your staff that day? Future SessionsMotivating the Adult LeanerModeling Teaching Strategies for Adult LearnersTeaching Styles vs. Learning Styles

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