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Foundations Of Adult Learning Theory

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Learners focus on the principles of adult learning and andragogical theory. In addition, learners address the history of adult learning, the characteristics of adult learners, key adult learning theories, and learning processes and styles. Learners investigate factors that influence adult education and training environments such as motivation, critical thinking skills, and ethics. Additionally, learners review current developments in the field of adult education, training, and workplace learning.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Purposes and Principles of Adult Education and Training

    • Explore subject-matter categories of adult learning.
    • Analyze the purposes of adult education and training.
    • Examine the fundamental principles of adult learning.
    • Identify the providers of adult education and training.

    Adult Development and Learning

    • Examine the biological and psychological development of adult learners.
    • Explore cognitive development in adulthood.
    • Examine the notion of intelligence in reference to adult learners.
    • Analyze the influences of sociocultural and integrative perspectives on development.

    Adult Development and Learning Cont.

    • Analyze the adult learning process and experience.
    • Examine key theories of learning.
    • Explain memory and cognition.

    Learning Transactions With Adults

    • Identify characteristics of adult learners.
    • Examine ways to utilize andragogical techniques.
    • Analyze the impact of learning styles on adult learning.
    • Identify the ways in which adult educators can promote critical thinking skills.
    • Compare and contrast traditional and non-traditional instructional models.

    Adult Learning Environment

    • Describe the characteristics of formal and informal adult education and training settings.
    • Examine the motivation of adults in the learning environment.
    • Describe the most common challenges in an education or in a training environment.
    • Explain ethics and values as they pertain to the adult learning environment.

    History of Adult Learning

    • Explore the history of adult learning and andragogy.
    • Explain the impact of federal mandates on adult education and training.
    • Compare and contrast andragogy and pedagogy.
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