adult learning: Where do you need to go and how can we help you get there? What do you need to do and how can we help you do it?
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The difference between”adult learning” and “school learning” is often fundamentally a question of individual aspiration and choice – what do I want and how am I going to get it?.
It is assumed, often wrongly, that there is a hugely significant difference between learning at school (formally taught, strong teacher intervention and administratively structured) and learning as an adult (more independently structured, limited teacher intervention but still formally taught); schools focus on content, while adult learning focuses on process.
Learning is learning is learning is learning, but maturity does bring with it number of challenges that are qualitatively different and may prevent consistent application or allow sufficient time to achieve. Organisation may be one superficial key, but planning, study preparation and allowing time for quality reading, review and active reflection, may provide more concrete results.
Research into adult learning tends to show that adults may learn best when:
- they know why they have to learn something
- the learning develops both from and within their unique experience of life
- the learning is posed a problem-solving; and
- the learning has immediate value
approaches to adult learning: what format would a typical one-to-one literacy support session take?
– Discussion and Focus for Session => Talking to Learn
– Vocabulary and Concept Development => Small words and Large Ideas
– Language in Use and Useful Language => Meaning and Memory
– Written Conventions in Context => Constructing Meaning and Memory
– Real Language Application => Responding to Questions
– Creating new Oral and Written Contexts => Transfer and Transformation
– YouTube Review => Transformation and Publication