(Unit 6) Topic 9: Exploring Adult Learning
3 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Topic 9 Page 13
There is something to be said for group or partner learning but most adults like having the opportunity to be independent when learning and to have opportunities to explore concepts. Adults crave respect in the classroom and do not appreciate when things are spoon fed to them. Cultivate an atmosphere where independent exploration is valued and encouraged. You can do this with a scavenger hunt, available reference materials, presentations, or other creative pursuits where participants have autonomy and can guide their own learning.
Assignments, tasks, and participation must be realistically obtained. Often it is a massive challenge for participants to get training completed annually. Creating a training course that requires extensive assignments and other unrealistic expectations is almost always going to backfire. Components that meet objectives in a simple and straightforward manner are always best when teaching adults. This does not mean that you are lowering the level of content or “dumbing it down” by any means, but instead you are realizing that adults can articulate their learning in more direct ways.
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