Adult learning assumptions
- The learner’s need to know
I believe that this is the most important assumption. Adult learners only learn when they have values to uphold or something to gain from it. Teaching adult learners to focus on what they stand to gain is the best motivation.
- Self-Concept of the Learner
The self-concept motivates older learners by making them feel like they are in control. This is important because most adults dread being bossed around. Letting them self-direct minimizes dropout rates and also keeps them interested in learning.
- Prior Experience of the Learner
Adults have a diverse experience pool and educators need to take advantage of this experience to encourage new ways of thinking. The different experiences call for individualized teaching which may seem like a lot of work, but the benefits are worth it. Adult learners become more open-minded and realize that they do not know everything after all.
- Readiness to learn
I agree that using real-life applications motivates older learners. As a student, I find classes where we study real-life events intriguing and it drives my desire to know more. The same applies to older learners.
- Orientation to learning-adult learning assumptions
Teaching adult learners to learn through the lens of real-life is extremely important because they learn to attach value to what they are learning.
- Motivation to learn
I would encourage all educators never to assume that every learner is motivated. Some need a push and experimenting with different instruction methods helps the educator know exactly what each learner needs.
In conclusion, I am like other learners because sometimes I am not motivated as much and I need help. Like all other learners, culture plays a huge role in the educational values I hold dear. I am unique because I self-direct based on what I hope to achieve with each new learning experience.