Barriers to Adult LearningPROJECTBy: Patti Blight, Sarah Cancelliere, Danielle Gunton, Avril Reid, Kerry WeirDUE DATE     ...
What are some common barriersexperienced by adult learners when theychoose to return to school or participate inworkplace ...
ATTITUDINAL BARRIERSYOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG   NEW TRICKS…  OR CAN   YOU?
THE CASE• Anita is over 50• She has been in her job for 20  years• Her job is being outsourced• She can not afford to reti...
THE BARRIER“Many adults have experienced so muchcriticism, failure, and discouragement in theiryouth that their self-confi...
THE FEARS   Will others                  n ’t                     laugh at              I ca th          t if wi       ha ...
ALLEVIATING THE FEARSProvide a safe and welcoming environmentHave students interact and discuss prior  experiencesHave stu...
THE EDUCATOR  “Part of being an effective educatorinvolves understanding how adults learn           best (Lieb,1991)”.
APPLYING                KNOWLESKNOWLES’PRINCIPLES                    EDUCATOR’S ROLE1. Adults are internally      Be a fac...
APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ PRINCIPLES     EDUCATOR’S ROLE2. Adults bring life    Acknowledge value ofexperiences and        ...
APPLYING               KNOWLESKNOWLES’PRINCIPLES                EDUCATOR’S ROLE                          Show direct link ...
APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’                  EDUCATOR’S ROLEPRINCIPLES                          Provide assignment options   ...
APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’                  EDUCATOR’S ROLEPRINCIPLES                          Encourage active5. Adults are...
APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ PRINCIPLES        EDUCATOR’S ROLE6. Adults are practical    Encourage active                     ...
REFERENCEShttp://www2.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2003/apr2003/april03leb.htm#page_2APPLYING PRINCIPLES OF ADULT LEARNINGTHE ...
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  1. 1. Barriers to Adult LearningPROJECTBy: Patti Blight, Sarah Cancelliere, Danielle Gunton, Avril Reid, Kerry WeirDUE DATE JANUARY 16 2013 COURSE BEC910CE- ADULT EDUCATION
  2. 2. What are some common barriersexperienced by adult learners when theychoose to return to school or participate inworkplace training?
  3. 3. ATTITUDINAL BARRIERSYOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS… OR CAN YOU?
  4. 4. THE CASE• Anita is over 50• She has been in her job for 20 years• Her job is being outsourced• She can not afford to retire• She needs to develop new skills• She needs to go back to school
  5. 5. THE BARRIER“Many adults have experienced so muchcriticism, failure, and discouragement in theiryouth that their self-confidence and sense ofworth are damaged. In a new learningenvironment, adults often are anxious, fearfailure, and dread rejection by their peer group(Kennedy, 2003).”
  6. 6. THE FEARS Will others n ’t laugh at I ca th t if wi ha up me? W p t s? e ke r stu den n ge you Wh Mo at’s od a le?I haven’t been in school for Am decades. I too old?Can I still learn?
  7. 7. ALLEVIATING THE FEARSProvide a safe and welcoming environmentHave students interact and discuss prior experiencesHave students explain their goalsProvide students with detailed course outline and expectations
  8. 8. THE EDUCATOR “Part of being an effective educatorinvolves understanding how adults learn best (Lieb,1991)”.
  9. 9. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’PRINCIPLES EDUCATOR’S ROLE1. Adults are internally Be a facilitator:motivated and self-directed Understand how adults learn and allow students to participate in the direction of the class Recognize and accommodate different learning styles
  10. 10. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ PRINCIPLES EDUCATOR’S ROLE2. Adults bring life Acknowledge value ofexperiences and previous experienceknowledge to learningexperiences
  11. 11. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’PRINCIPLES EDUCATOR’S ROLE Show direct link between3. Adults are goal course material andoriented student’s goals Use real case studies to examine theory
  12. 12. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ EDUCATOR’S ROLEPRINCIPLES Provide assignment options that reflect student interests4. Adults are relevancyoriented Provide students with reflective questions to assess connection to goals
  13. 13. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ EDUCATOR’S ROLEPRINCIPLES Encourage active5. Adults are practical participation allowing students to experiment and develop self efficacy Provide feedback on a regular basis
  14. 14. APPLYING KNOWLESKNOWLES’ PRINCIPLES EDUCATOR’S ROLE6. Adults are practical Encourage active participation allowing students to experiment and develop self efficacy Provide feedback on a regular basis
  15. 15. REFERENCEShttp://www2.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2003/apr2003/april03leb.htm#page_2APPLYING PRINCIPLES OF ADULT LEARNINGTHE KEY TO MORE EFFECTIVE TRAINING PROGRAMSBY RALPH C. KENNEDY,M.ED.http://www.adultstudent.com/eds/articles/teaching.html TEACHING ADULT STUDENTS THE WAY THEY LEARN:THE INSTRUCTORS ROLE IN RETAINING ADULT LEARNERSAND INCREASING THEIR CHANCES OF SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AL SIEBERT, PHDPRESENTED ATTHE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ADULT LEARNER 2000, ATLANTA,GEORGIAhttp://www.qotfc.edu.au/resource/index.html?page=65375ADULT LEARNINGTHEORY AND PRINCIPLESADULT LEARNING THEORY AND PRINCIPLES

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