Adult Learning

While I’m coming up to speed on this new adventure, I’m going to start off with some of the writings I did for class over the last two years.


Adult learning and adult education are often used synonymously, but there are subtle differences.

Adult Learning

The processes involved in adult learning are geared toward simply acquiring new info (Laureate Education, 2011a). The situations need not be formal institutions. In fact, adult learning happens most frequently in the random, daily circumstances we encounter (Laureate Education, 2011b; Merriam and Brockett, 2007). Adults are constantly learning new things just by interacting with each other and with new situations.

As a result of the random nature of adult learning, it can occur anywhere at any time (Laureate Education, 2011c). People who pursue an actual study, choose their subjects based on interest, and the efforts are more enjoyable (Baskas, 2011).

Unfortunately, many adult learning situations require the student to be very proactive. Students studying a subject on their own have no instructor to consult with questions and have to find their resources on their own (Brookfield, 2003). For a student who can discern reliable sources from unreliable ones, the internet makes this task easier than it once was.

References:

Baskas, R. (2011). Adult Learning Assumptions. Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED517971.pdf

Brookfield, S. D. (2003). Adult education learning model. In A. DiStefano, K. E. Rudestam, & R. Silverman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of distributed learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Retrieved from http://sage-ereference.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/view/distributedlearning/n9.xml

Laureate Education, Inc. (2011a). Adult learning. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_3399348_1&content_id=_11641404_1#_11641424_1

Laureate Education, Inc. (2011b). Claire Norris (video webcast). In What is adult learning. Retrieved from http://mym.cdn.laureate-media.com/2dett4d/Walden/EDUC/6170/CH/mm/dynamics/index.html?xmlUrl=_le

Laureate Education, Inc. (2011c). David Cheyenne Pieris (video webcast). In What is adult learning. Retrieved from http://mym.cdn.laureate-media.com/2dett4d/Walden/EDUC/6170/CH/mm/dynamics/index.html?xmlUrl=_le

Merriam, S. B., & Brockett, R. G. (2007). The profession and practice of adult education: An introduction. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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