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The Adult Learner


Please read the statements and agree or disagree with each. Discuss with a friend and colleague. Link to Research below . . .

 1 .  Adults seek learning experiences to cope with specific life-changing events.

2 .  For adults, learning is its own reward.

3 .  Adults prefer survey courses to single concept classes.

4 .  Adults want to use new materials.

5 .  Adults are quick to re-evaluate old material.

6 .  Adults prefer to learn alone.

7 .  Adults prefer to "sit and git".

8 .  Adults prefer "how to" trainings.

9 .  An eclectic approach works best with adults.

10 .  Non-human learning (books, TV) is popular in adult learning.
 11 .  Adults don't like problem-centered learning.

12 .  Adults carry reservoirs of personal experiences.

13 .  "Real world" exercises are preferred.

14 .  Adults let their schoolwork take second seat to jobs and family.

15 .  Adults transfer ideas and skills easily into their work setting.

16 .  Adults are self-directed learners.

17 .  Facilitation of groups works better than lecture formats with adult learners.

18 .  Adults expect their class time to be well-spent.

19 .  Adult learners are voluntary learners.

20 .  Adults are pragmatic learners.
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