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  • 1. Learning Transfer and Thinking Patterns in Adults Presentation prepared for: The Teaching and Nurturing the Adult Learner Roundtable Colloquium Moderator: Dr. W. Kenneth Bulls II Developed on 10/20/09
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  • 2. Outline
    • Adult Learner’s Experiences
    • Importance of Cognitive Development
    • Transferring Learning Experiences
    • Andragogy vs Pedagogy
    • Key Learning Environment Concepts
    • Learning Environment Case Study
    • Benefits
    10/20/09
  • 3. Group Icebreaker
    • NASA Exercise
    • 3-5 Minute Group Exercise
    10/20/09
  • 4. NASA Exercise 10/20/09
  • 5. NASA Answers 10/20/09
  • 6. Adult Learner Experiences
    • What do adult learners bring to the table that traditional students don’t?
    • Life-Work Experiences!
    10/20/09
  • 7. Cognitive Development
    • Cognitive development refers to the change in thinking patterns as one gets older
    • Two major research themes: dialectical thinking and contextual factors
    • Both are critical in determining how we develop our thinking patterns as adults
    • (Merriam & Caffarella, 1999)
    10/20/09
  • 8. Group Brainteaser
    • Does learning transfer across contexts; specifically with various experiences of the adult learner?
    • 2-5 Minute Group Discussion
    10/20/09
  • 9. Transferring Learning Experiences 10/20/09
  • 10. Transfer Learning Experiences
    • Life experiences vary in nature
    • Bottom-line…It’s real therefore use as a teaching tool and instruction tool to enhance the adult learning experience
    10/20/09
  • 11. Andragogy vs Pedagogy
    • Andragogy = learner centered
    • Pedagogy = teacher centered
    • To enhance the adult learning experience incorporate BOTH philosophies
    10/20/09
  • 12. Key Learning Environment Concepts
    • Adult Learner = is there for a reason
    • Instructor = resident expert
    • Adult Learner = experiences count
    • Instructor = has not seen it all
    • Combine ALL experiences to enhance learning outcomes and objectives
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  • 13.
    • Instructor Demographic
    • - Military Experience = 3 years
    • - Age = 27 years
    • - Discipline = Combat Engineer
    • Adult Learner Demographic
    • - Experience = 0-15 years (military/civilian)
    • - Mean Age = 28 years
    • - Discipline = Nurse – Pilot
    • Course Leadership Development
    Learning Environment Case Study 10/20/09
  • 14.
    • 1 st Half Course Format (Week 0 – 7)
    • - Pedagogy – What they need to know
    • - Instructor is the expert
    • 2nd Half Course Format (Week 8 – 14)
    • - Andragogy – Incorporating life-work experiences
    • - Adult Learner’s experience counts
    Learning Environment Case Study 10/20/09
  • 15. Benefits
    • Adult Learner learns subject matter
    • Adult Learner feels engaged
    • Adult Learner feels practical life-work experiences count
    • ALL real-life examples are valuable teaching tools!
    10/20/09
  • 16. Conclusion
    • Adult Learner’s Experiences
    • Importance of Cognitive Development
    • Transferring Learning Experiences
    • Andragogy vs Pedagogy
    • Key Learning Environment Concepts
    • Learning Environment Case Study
    • Benefits
    10/20/09