FTC32 – Adult Learning

Ways of Engaging Adult Learners

Teaching adults brings educators and trainers up against the reality of how to engage a group of adults each with their own differing sets of experiences, skills and knowledge. In this course participants will be introduced to theories of adult learning; develop an understanding of how adults learn; and explore ways of meeting the challenges of teaching adults. The aim of the course is to examine the ideas and understandings of what “learning” means, and how learning takes place. A key theme guiding the course is the relationship between ‘learning’ and ‘experience’. To do this we will look at some models which try to explain the relationship between ‘learning’ and ‘experience’, including experiential learning models; and cognitive, behaviourist, humanist and social action theories or approaches to learning.

Topics covered include:

  • Principles to guide our approach to adult learning
  • Different kinds of learning
  • What facilitates learning, and what blocks learning
  • The importance of unlearning
  • How to increase the responsibility adults take for their own learning
  • The strengths and weaknesses of group learning

The course will be run experientially and includes group sessions and short theory sessions. Active participation is encouraged.

Who should attend this course?
This course is suitable for leaders and managers at all levels