1 Adam Clymer EDU643 Professor BubanPost UniversityMisconceptions of Adult Learning
2What is a misconception?• A misconception is a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude (Merriam-webster.com, 2012).• A misconception of adult learning is a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude about the adult learning process or about the adults involved in education themselves.
3What causes misconceptions about adult learning?• A lack of communication.• Incorrect or out of date information.• Not enough research into the facts.• Negative stereotypes.• Not enough publicity and marketing.
4Accessibility, Understanding of New Technologies, and Age
5AccessibilityMisconception The Truth• Many people feel that school • More adults are becoming and education are inside a comfortable with technology physical classrooms. and the internet.• Older generations of adults • The dependency on physical still believe education must be attendance in education is in a physical form (Jackson, diminishing and the use of 2012). online tools and environments• Adults feel that there is a time is growing. constriction on their lives that • Many things that are no longer would not allow for a return to offered in a physical form, thus education. forcing adults online (Clark, 2000).
6Understanding ofNew TechnologiesMisconception The Truth• There is a fear of what is not • The younger generation is known (Collins, 2009). actually aiding in the• Older generations of learners technological education of the can be hesitant to accept social adult learner. media and digital resources • There is a correlation between into education (Collins, 2009). adult education and the• A false mentality within adult development of new digital communities that education is technologies (Collins, 2009). now a completely digital • There is a rise among adults experience. who purchase, use, and understand digital technologies.
7Age for LearningMisconception The Truth• Societal stigmas associated • Age stereotypes in education with schooling in one’s mature are becoming more blurred as years. educational benefits become• Classrooms filled with more popular with employers teenagers to young adults and (Fenton, 2004). only a single adult individual • There has been a twenty-one among them. percent increase in post-• There are no traditional secondary education for options for adults. students over thirty between• Adult learners would be 2005 and 2011 (NCES, 2011). treated different from a professor or classmate.
8 In Conclusion• Misconceptions are a problem that can easily be solved. Information, education, and research are the best ways to put the overwhelming majority of wrong ideas and stigmas to rest in the world of adult education. The problem is that misconceptions are working against the progress being made to help adults wishing to enter school again.• Unfortunately, age is still one of the larger issues that plague conceptions about higher or furthered education. The first step to elevating the stresses and tribulations caused by the misconceptions about age is to understand that adult students make up over twenty five percent of all higher education students (NCES, 2011). It is disheartening that so many misconceptions are still in play among the older generations of learners. Perhaps, as the adult student number grows across the board, those misconceptions will find their way out of peoples mind and disappear for good.
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