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10 Oct 2016

“8 Principles that Manage the Learning of Adults!”

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  1. Active Learning – Active Learning means that adults need to be engaged in the information being presented.  They need to be involved in discussion, allowed to give feedback, and participate in activities that pertain to the content.  Facilitators need to minimize their delivery of content and through the adults engaging in discussion they will realize their knowledge genuinely.

  2. Problem Centric – Adults anticipate learning opportunities to solve their problems.   They do not engage in learning to gain content knowledge solely.  Content alone does not impact their lives enough to make it meaningful and therefore the retention of the knowledge will be lost.

  3. Previous Experience – Instruction that can not be liked to the adults background knowledge will be lost.

  4. Relevance – If the content is not specifically relevant or the presenter does not specifically identify the relevance to the adult learners life and work, the meaning will be lost.

  5. Emotional Connection – Another education researcher Robert Sylwester stated, “Emotion drives attention and attention drives learning.”  Emotional connections inspire memory retention and recall ability.  Presenters must instill an emotional connection in their dissemination of information

  6. Self-Learners – Adults all have their own interpretation about how they learn best.  Whether it is accurate or not is irrelevant, but it will, without a doubt, impact their learning; therefore, it is imperative that the presenter states the objective for the learning and benefits gained from the learning.

  7. Alignment – Adult learners expect the outcomes to be in alignment with the established objectives.  If the outcome does not correlate with the objective then learning will be lost.

  8. FUN! – All participants should have FUN!  The audience will not be fooled if you do not enjoy presenting the material and their enjoyment should also encompass enjoyment, including laughter.

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