Critical Reflection about Opportunities for Adult Learning
The new diplomas are attempting to bring these skills in a different way than they were given in high school. They have recognized that some of the problems for older students are that some school subjects are boring for them. Because of this and other challenges, students leave school.If we are to have students who can take advantage of this type of learning we need to understand that they need to be taught differently than children. In order to teach them more effectively, we have to develop a variety of ways to stimulate their thinking. In order to do all of this, it is important to examine adult learning theories.There are a variety of theories that are important to the discussion of adult learning. The interesting part is that no one can say exactly how adults learn and this is why they have developed these theories. In this paper, the researcher will present ideas and theories and how they are being used in professional settings.1. Adults have their own motivations for learning. Learners build on their existing knowledge and experience. They fit learning into their own purposes and become engaged in it. People’s purposes for learning are related to their real lives and the practices and roles they engage in outside the classroom.2. Adults have a drive towards self-direction and towards becoming autonomous learners. Learning is initiated by the learner and one role of the teacher is to provide a secure environment in which learning can take place.3. Adults have the ability to learn about their own learning processes and can benefit from discussion and reflection on this. They are able to learn how to learn. For instance, there are different learning styles that people synthesize. Each can enable learners to develop their range of learning styles.4. Learning is a characteristic of all real-life activities, in which people take on different roles and participate in different ways. Teaching can scaffold these activities, enabling learners to develop new forms of expertise.