Unleashing the Power to Learn: The Principles of Adult Learning

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Professional Development at Odessa College 2008

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  • 1. “Unleashing the Power to Learn” The Principles of Adult Learning Professional Development at Odessa College 2008
  • 2. 9:00-4:00 PMIntroduction (discussion, activity)Expectations for your classroom (discussion, assessment)Challenges to unleashing learning power (discussion)Kid learning vs. adult learning (activity)Principles of adult learning-Are they important to your practice? (activity)How to unleash the power of learning with the principles of adult learning (demo)Adult Learning Scorecard (activity, assessment)Next steps…… Agenda for October 18th 2008
  • 3. What was your best adult learning experience?Introduction
  • 4. Conditions for your best adult learningexperience:Describe the setting for your best learning experience?How did your prior learning experiences help you with thenew learning experience?How did you know you were ready for the learningexperience?How did you use what you learned? When did you use whatyou learned?What life tasks did you learn?Conditions for LearningWhat activities did you do to learn? What kind of feedback didreceive?
  • 5. How skilled are you at unleashing learning for your adult learners?Expectations
  • 6. The Tree of Learning
  • 7. What’s your biggest challenge to unleashing learning in your practice?
  • 8. Adult literacy is connected to employment, global competiveness, healthcare, everything……Challenges….
  • 9.  In 2005, Texas joined Hawaii, New Mexico, and California as majority-minority states. The fastest growing key segment of the population is Hispanics (U.S. Census Bureau, 2005). Between 2000 and 2005, the number of foreign-born LEP individuals age five and older increased over 29 percent to 2,197,648 (Migration Policy Institute, n.d.). Although 30 percent of immigrant workers have less than a high school education and tend to be employed in low-wage occupations, almost one-third of the foreign-born LEP population have attained the equivalency of a bachelor’s degree or higher in their native country (Capps, Fix, Passel, Ost, Perez-Lopez, 2003).The Current and Future WorkforceVirginia Price, LEP Guide for Workforce Professionals, 2007
  • 10. Between 2010 and 2030, first- and second- generation immigrants together are projected to account for all U.S. labor force growth (Lowell, B., Gelatt, J., Batalova, J., 2006).If the trend continues…
  • 11.  Passing TAKS scores are lowest and dropout rates are highest for Texas’ Hispanic youth. The percentage of Hispanic youth graduating from high school is the lowest in Texas, at just under 58 percent (Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, 2006). Overall, Texas has slipped from 45th to last among states ranked by percent with populations age 25 and older in 2005 with a high school diploma (Murdock, 2007).Texas Losing Ground in Educating LEP Youth and Adults
  • 12. English Language – Literacy • Listening • Speaking • Reading • Writing • Grammar Full Literacy in English for Adults • English as a Second Language Learner (ESL) • 5 - 7 Years • Academic EnglishThe language Challenge…
  • 13. 12+ Years of English = Pre-Kindergarten – 12 GradeHow long did it take you to become literate?
  • 14. Is there a process to unleashlearning in adults?
  • 15. Conditions for Pedagogy AndragogyLearningSelf concept oflearnerPrior learningexperienceReadiness to learnTime perspectivefor learningOrientation tolearningAssumptions About LearnersAccording to Malcolm Knowles….
  • 16. Adult Learning Principles- Malcolm Knowles Teacher Design Conditions for Adult Learning ElementsLearning Climate What did the learning experience feel like, look like?Planning for How did your prior learning help you plan a learning new experience?Diagnosing learning How did you know you were ready to learn? needsForming objectives How did you use what you learned? When did you apply what you learned ?Designing the topics What life tasks did you need to learn?Learning activities What activities helped you learn?Evaluation What kind of feedback did your receive?
  • 17. How important are the principles of adult learning to your practice?A Principles of Adult LearningScorecard
  • 18. A Principles of Adult Learning Scorecard Teacher Design Conditions for Adult Learning Importance ElementsLearning Climate Respect self-concept of learner to become self- directed, collaborative, informal, mutualPlanning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learningDiagnosis of Facilitate readiness to learn to be more learning needs successful in life tasksForming Facilitate immediate use of learning objectives objectivesDesigning the Topics addressing life tasks sequenced in terms topics of readinessActivities Experiential-labs, role plays, simulations, field experiencesEvaluation Feedback is performance based Total Score=100
  • 19. Unleashing the Power of Learning
  • 20. Checking for LearningPrinciples of Adult Conditions for Adult Learning Example LearningLearning Climate Respect self-concept of learner to become self- directed, collaborative, informal, mutualPlanning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learningD Facilitate readiness to learn to be more successful in life tasks
  • 21. A Principles of Adult Learning Scorecard Teacher Design Conditions for Adult Learning What are you Elements doing?Learning Climate Respect self-concept of learner to become self- directed, collaborative, informal, mutualPlanning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learningDiagnosis of Facilitate readiness to learn to be more learning needs successful in life tasksForming Facilitate immediate use of learning objectives objectivesDesigning the Topics addressing life tasks sequenced in terms topics of readinessActivities Experiential-labs, role plays, simulations, field experiencesEvaluation Feedback is performance based Total Score=100
  • 22. Which oneprinciple willyou apply overthe comingyear to unleashlearning inyour practice?
  • 23. • Kris Witte • 575-527-9943 • 915-433-6531 • Email – kris@languageintegrationservicesllc.com • Web – www.languageintegrationservicesllc.com Kris Witte is the owner of Language Integration Services,LLC. Her business distributes and implements “English on the Job”, a computer based training tool to increase English skills and workplace skills for limited English individuals. Contracts include businesses, educational organizations, and government agencies. Kris is an educator with a master’s degree in Adult Education. After teaching and program development while employed at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas, Kris saw the potential with “English on the Job” to maximize learning.Contact Information