adult learning principles
Adult Learning: Making it Meaningful and Relevant!
Part of being an effective provider of professional development involves understanding how adults learn best (Knowles, Holton & Swanson, 2012). Andragogy (adult learning) is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn which includes using approaches to learning that are meaningful, relevant and collaborative.
Consider the following principles of adult learning when providing professional development:
- Understand the content before you facilitate the learning of others
- Recognize adults are internally motivated and self-directed
- Create a welcoming and connecting atmosphere for learning
- Respect diverse talents and ways of learning
- Honor life experiences and prior knowledge
- Plan for active learning (visual, auditory and kinesthetic)
- Explain acronyms and abbreviations
- Promote concrete and practical applications of content
- Provide goal setting opportunities relevant to setting and role
As an adult learner yourself, as well as a professional development provider, jot down other ideas that are meaningful and relevant to you in your learning or teaching.