12
JAN
2014

Characteristics of the Adult Learner

Workplace training experiences are more likely to be successful if they are built upon the needs of adult learners. Researcher Malcom Knowles identifies some vital principles of adult learning:

-Adults need to be actively involved in the learning.
-Adult learners are self-directed
-Adult learning is generally more problem centered rather than subject centered
-Portions of the learning must be self-directed.
-The learning must be practicably connected life experiences.
-The learning must be relevant to everyday work needs
-It must be structured so that participants can see where they are going and why.
-It must be well organized.
-Adult participants must have time to voice opinions and personal experiences
-They must feel that they are helping to shape the direction of the learning
-They need room in the training to reflect and speculate
-Adults learn best when challenged
-Adults need time to practice new skills
-Adults like to tell their story
-Adult groups like to find common ground and shared meaning
-They must have ample time to discuss
-Part of the learning should be experiential
-Learning should be ongoing where concepts can be reinforced and expanded
-Adults are more internally motivated rather than externally motivated

Ravinder Tulsiani, CTDP, BA (Law): Educator, business developer, corporate leader, author, & entrepreneur – I offer diverse talents across a wide spectrum of businesses & industries. My reputation for excellence reflects my expertise as a strategic planner who creates cultural transformation in business – with a focus on educating & motivating the workforce to achieve core business objectives.

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