Adult Learners

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Through this tutor training, you will:
- be able to articulate the characteristics of an adult learner
- have the ability to differentiate a tutoring session for a traditional vs. non-traditional student and
- be able to provide motivation for adult learners

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  • Adult Learners

    1. 1. Adult Learners L E A R N I N G ST Y L E S A N D M OT I VAT I O N U NIVE RSITY OF CE NTRA L FLORIDA STUDENT ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER PEER TUTOR TRAINING C R E AT E D B Y : N ATA S H A F O R D CHELSEA SHOBEN C AT H E R I N E S I E W
    2. 2. Training Objectives After this training, tutors will….  Be able to articulate the characteristics of an adult learner  Have the ability to differentiate a tutoring session for a traditional vs. non-traditional student.  Be able to provide motivation for adult learners.
    3. 3. Prior to this training… What are your preconceived notions of Adult Learners? B E F O R E Y O U G O T H R O U G H T H I S P O W E R P O I N T, W R I T E O U T Y O U R T H O U G H T S I N T H E S PA C E P R O V I D E D O N Y O U R H A N D O U T. A F T E R YO U CO M P L E T E T H E T R A I N I N G , YO U W I L L R E F L E C T U P O N W H AT N E W I N F O R M AT I O N Y O U H AV E G A I N E D . U S E YO U R H A N D O U T TO FO L LOW A LO N G W I T H A N Y R E D T E X T Y O U S E E I N T H I S P O W E R P O I N T.
    4. 4. Some Characteristics of Adult Learners (may be just one characteristic or several of these)  24 years + or a veteran  Has a spouse and/or children  May attend school on a part-time basis  Financially independent of parents  Took a break from school for work or to stay at home Watch this video to see a clearer view of an adult learner. Have you had any adult learners in your tutoring sessions? If so, what have you noticed they do differently from traditional students?
    5. 5. Adult Learning Theories In the following slides we will be focusing on the ABCs of Adult Learning Theory (three different theories of adult learners): Androgogy Behaviorism Constructivism Additionally, we will look at how we can utilize these theories to better guide our tutoring to meet the needs of all of our students.
    6. 6. Adult Learner Theories - Andragogy  Watch this video segment about Andragogy:  Andragogy Learning Theory contains 6 parts: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Need to know why they should learn Experience Responsible Relevance Problem-Oriented Motivation How can you incorporate each of these learning strategies into your tutoring session to best support your adult learners? This could be through something you already do or something you’ve learned through training which you can utilize.
    7. 7. Adult Learner Theories- Behaviorism  Watch this video segment about Behaviorism:  Note the details relating to Positive Reinforcement of Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Behaviors:   “Great job! That is the correct answer” Tutee didn’t study for exam – “That’s okay! I usually don’t study until the night before anyway.” Think of two scenarios (from your experience or made up for this exercise) where one of your tutees received positive reinforcement from you.  What did the tutee do or say?  How did you give positive reinforcement?  What positive reinforcement are your students most receptive to?
    8. 8. Adult Learner Theories - Constructivism  Watch this video segment about Constructivism:  Note the details relating to building up knowledge:   What do you already know? How is this building on what you’ve already learned? Think of a concept in the course you tutor that builds upon material learned earlier in the course…  How would you tie this topic back to previous content?  If that isn’t simply done, how can you tie it to the students’ life experience or prior knowledge?  How would this help you to accomplish any of the 6 strategies outlined in andragogy learning theory?
    9. 9. From the Learner’s Perspective  What is it like to be the non-traditional student working to learn in a group of “youngsters”?  Find out here.
    10. 10. Demonstrate Your Knowledge of Adult Learners  In your Storybird book, you will write a story about a tutoring session in which the tutor (you!) adapts their session to the needs of an adult learner in their group.  Use your story to support your understanding of the adult learning theories (or one in particular) that we discussed throughout this PowerPoint.  Follow the instructions on the next slide to create your digital Storybird book.
    11. 11. Storybird Adult Learners Assignment Step 1: To complete the assignment, create an account on Storybird. Step 2: Read through the story "Stranded as an Adult Learner“. Step 3: Create your own story. Choose from any of the illustrations and add your own text to your story. Once you are done, press the Menu in the bottom left corner and press "Publish." Make sure you have a Cover, Title, and have selected "Adult Learners" as your Assignment. Once you publish your story, your assignment will be complete.
    12. 12. Training Completion Once you have completed the Follow-Along handout and handed it in to your supervisor as well as submitted your Storybird book online, you have finished the training.

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