Foundations of Adult Education
Robert A. Lediet
Vancouver Community College
I feel Blooms Taxonomy has given me an awareness of the varied adult learning techniques which can be utilized in my teaching. Understanding the three areas of learning; Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor gives me the knowledge that can be used to set up my curriculum. In reference to Power Engineering I see the value of presenting objectives requiring the use of Psychomotor skills followed up with the information (Cognitive) to justify the reason for the idea being presented. I believe the Affective component comes in with the student as they have a keen awareness about their choice of career.
Characteristics of Adult Learners
I chose Characteristics of Adult Learners as to the relevance of the students or learners I will be teaching. Adult Learners are quickly becoming the majority in attendance to further their understanding and knowledge required in their lives. They also come from varied life experience backgrounds and cultures. To understand the traits of the adult learners such as being self-directed, result oriented, pre- determined(stubborn), self-motivated, family and community committed and result oriented will provide me with direction in the classroom. Students may come to work with anxieties not related to the program and to be empathetic to their needs.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
This is extremely important. Adult learners need to be recognized and acknowledged for their past experiences. It is important to establish good communication and develop relationships so that I can understand who and what the students are. I will then be able to interact with them comfortably and develop a feeling of trust. This feeling of trust can be accomplished early by having an introduction session wherein everyone can tell their story. During this time, I would encourage questions related to their expectations for the course and encourage discussion about the power plant they work in and their goals.
Adult learners come to the program motivated by either the desire to move forward in their present career, wanting to start a new career or maybe for self-actualization and the need to know and understand. I chose this topic because I believe the teacher must recognize if the course is maintaining the student’s motivation and if not how to maintain or increase it, if it is apparent that it is dwindling. In the classroom I can change up the presentation by going to a video or have the students engage in hands on experience liking dismantling a steam valve.
Instructional Process/ Strategies
It is a plan for me to do some on-line teaching in the future so I thought I would zero in on teaching with technology. This will require that I learn how to use new tools like video’s, blogs and u-tube which will extend the classroom. These tools will help to vary the approaches used when I am teaching. This will also engage the learners as they expect flexibility and learning in a multi-media environment. This method of teaching helps to encourage active participative learning and the creation of learning within the students. Prompt feedback is required to keep students on task.
humber.ca – Teaching Methods
elearningindustry.com – 8 Important Characteristics of Adult Learners
www.lbspractitionertraining.com – Creating Effective Adult Learning Environments
- Poulson, K. Lam, S.Cisneros, T. Trust, November 2008,ARCS Model of Motivational Design EDTEC 544
teaching.uncc.edu/Learning-resources/articles – Blooms Taxonomy of Educational Objectives