Working with Adult Learners introduces you to the kinds of learners that come into LBS programs, the diverse issues that they bring along with them, and the impact these issues have on the learners’ success.
You will also review and learn more about:
- the principles of adult learning,
- positive learning environments,
- making changes to the learning environment in order to help learners move closer to becoming self-directed learners.
This course is organized into seven units of study. In each unit you will find course notes, hotlinks to file documents for related readings, links to online information and resources, and opportunities for self-reflection. Guided self-reflection through journaling will help you step back from the materials and think about the impact these materials have on your own thinking, and what implications follow for your teaching practice.
Objectives and Outcomes
The purpose of this training is to help you develop stronger connections and relationships with learners that will support more effective learning in the teaching-learning exchange. The assumption is that:
as you learn more about adult literacy learners, you will:
- deepen your understanding of their challenges and their best ways of learning,
- see your role more clearly in terms of what you can provide,
- be better equipped to help the learners achieve their goals. The outcomes for this module of training focus on increased knowledge as well as skill development.
Upon completing this course, you can expect to be able to demonstrate the following:
- an understanding of adult learners and the diversity issues that affect their learning,
- practical ways for accepting and affirming different social groups in their settings,
- strategies for fostering tolerance, understanding and unity within a diverse learner population,
- ways to facilitate learning that are appropriate for learners at various stages of becoming self-directed learners,
- accommodations to make for various individual learning styles, and behaviours,
- strategies for promoting an atmosphere of mutual trust and partnership in the classroom.
- strategies that promote retention in LBS programs and encourage active participation in learning.
|2.1 Working with Adult Learners: Who are adult literacy learners?||
|2.2 Principles of Adult Learning
|2.3 Diversity Issues||
|2.4 The Learning Environment||
|2.5 About Learning Styles||
|2.6 Self-directed Learning||
|2.7 Motivation and Retention||
|2.8 Final Assignment||
|2.9 Sources & Links||
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|JOURNAL REFLECTIONS: What do you think?|
An important part of this training involves stopping at various points throughout to reflect upon what you have read, and to consider what implications there may be for your work and practice. We suggest you keep a journal for this purpose.