The term “adult learner” basically describes anyone who is not a student in the conventional sense of the word. There is no hard-and-fast definition, but we can draw upon Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory (andragogy) to help us differentiate between adult learners and traditional students. Adult Learners are Subject-oriented, seeking to successfully complete each course, regardless of how the course relates to their own goals. Problem-centered and seek educational solutions that will take them from where they are to where they want to be in their life or profession.
May 08, 2013 · Adult Learners' Traits. Self-direction Adults feel the need to take responsibility for their lives and decisions and this is why it’s important for them to have control over their learning.Therefore, self-assessment, a peer relationship with the instructor, multiple options and initial, yet subtle support are all Author: Christopher Pappas. The adult learning funnel serves as a tool (though it still needs further refinement) to understand the dynamic interaction between the adult learners experience (including life stage), motivational factors, barriers to adult learning with the multi‐faceted life (personal, professional and social) of an adult learner.
This handbook on the adult learner and adult learning problems or disabilities is designed to serve as a practical tool for the Adult Basic Education instructor. It is divided into two main sections. Section 1 contains information concerning the nature of the adult learner. The first part deals with general characteristics of the adult learner and is followed by discussions on older adult Author: Gregory C. Best.