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Adult Learning

  1. 1. “Unleashing the Power to Learn” The Principles of Adult Learning Professional Development at Odessa College 2008
  2. 2. 9:00-4:00 PM Introduction (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. 3. What was your best adult learning experience? Introduction
  4. 4. Conditions for your best adult learning experience: Describe the setting for your best learning experience? How did your prior learning experiences help you with the new learning experience? How did you know you were ready for the learning experience? How did you use what you learned? When did you use what you learned? What life tasks did you learn? Conditions for Learning What activities did you do to learn? What kind of feedback did receive?
  5. 5. How skilled are you at unleashing learning for your adult learners? Expectations
  6. 6. The Tree of Learning
  7. 7.  What’s your biggest challenge to unleashing learning in your practice?
  8. 8.  Adult literacy is connected to employment, global competiveness, healthcare, everything…… Challenges….
  9. 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 Workforce Virginia Price, LEP Guide for Workforce Professionals, 2007
  10. 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. 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. 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 English The language Challenge…
  13. 13. 12+ Years of English = Pre-Kindergarten – 12 Grade How long did it take you to become literate?
  14. 14. Is there a process to unleash learning in adults?
  15. 15. Conditions for Pedagogy Andragogy Learning Self concept of learner Prior learning experience Readiness to learn Time perspective for learning Orientation to learning Assumptions About Learners According to Malcolm Knowles….
  16. 16. Adult Learning Principles- Malcolm Knowles Teacher Design Conditions for Adult Learning Elements Learning 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? needs Forming objectives How did you use what you learned? When did you apply what you learned ? Designing the What life tasks did you need to learn? topics Learning activities What activities helped you learn? Evaluation What kind of feedback did your receive?
  17. 17.  How important are the principles of adult learning to your practice? A Principles of Adult Learning Scorecard
  18. 18. A Principles of Adult Learning Scorecard Teacher Design Conditions for Adult Learning Importance Elements Learning Climate Respect self-concept of learner to become self- directed, collaborative, informal, mutual Planning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learning Diagnosis of Facilitate readiness to learn to be more learning successful in life tasks needs Forming Facilitate immediate use of learning objectives objectives Designing the Topics addressing life tasks sequenced in terms topics of readiness Activities Experiential-labs, role plays, simulations, field experiences Evaluation Feedback is performance based Total Score=100
  19. 19. Unleashing the Power of Learning
  20. 20. Checking for Learning Principles of Adult Conditions for Adult Learning Example Learning Learning Climate Respect self-concept of learner to become self- directed, collaborative, informal, mutual Planning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learning Diagnosis of Facilitate readiness to learn to be more learning successful in life tasks needs Forming Facilitate immediate use of learning objectives objectives Designing the Topics addressing life tasks sequenced in terms topics of readiness Activities Experiential-labs, role plays, simulations, field experiences Evaluation Feedback is performance based Total Score=100
  21. 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, mutual Planning for Facilitate use of prior learning experience learning Diagnosis of Facilitate readiness to learn to be more learning successful in life tasks needs Forming Facilitate immediate use of learning objectives objectives Designing the Topics addressing life tasks sequenced in terms topics of readiness Activities Experiential-labs, role plays, simulations, field experiences Evaluation Feedback is performance based Total Score=100
  22. 22. Which one principle will you apply over the coming year to unleash learning in your practice?
  23. 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

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