A 3 minute introduction to Adult Learning Principles:

Andragogy- Adult Learning:



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Implication of adult learning principles in training:

Table 2.8 Trainer responses to issues in training Pg 88 Training in Australia 3rd Edition Micheal D. Tovey & Dianne R. Lawlor Pearson Education Australia
Issue
Trainer response
1. Meaningful Matter
Everything in the training session must be meaningful to the learners in terms of their needs, not those of the trainer.
For example, the subject matter must include only what is relevant and appropriate to reach learning objectives. Videos and overhead transparencies must be relevant and assist the learning, not used because they look good or will fill in time.
Handouts and other materials must all be relevant. Examples, case studies and illustrations must reinforce the learning points clearly.
2. Active
Learning must be an active process for the learners. Questions, exercises, discussions, group work and practice sessions are all ways of involving them. By doing rather than just by listening, learners will learn quickly and more effectively.
3. Multiple use of the senses
Trainers should aim to use as many senses as possible at the same time. This increases the effectiveness of learning. Because vision and hearing are the most important senses through which we learn, these should always be used together when presenting information.
Vision, hearing and touching ought to be used when teaching physical skills. Combine as many of these senses as possible when training.
4. Primacy and Recency
Research has suggested that people tend to remember best what they learned first and last. So it is important for trainers to start the session well and to ensure that learners do things right the first time they do anything. Likewise, it is important for a trainer to review constantly the subject matter of the course to make it easier to learn. Refreshing new learning in the minds of the learners is a good way to assist learning.
Additionally, sessions should always be summarised for it is the end of the session which has a lingering effect in the minds of learners.
5. Feedback
Feedback is one of the most important tools of a trainer. It is important to trainers because they need to know if the learning objectives are being met, if the learners understand the content, if they are meeting their personal learning objectives, to motivate, to encourage and redirect and so on.
For learners, feedback is important because they want to know how they are doing, to motivate themselves and to assess whether the process is worthwhile to them. Feedback is both positive and negative and must always be structured carefully to encourage learning; not to destroy it.


Understanding the teacher and student attitudes to generic employability skills:


Teaching Adult Learners:


This is a 6 part series - the rest of the videos can be found at:
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRfnFWi_m0I&list=PLB39B2F9ED496B30E
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zCkRDTWYV4&list=PLB39B2F9ED496B30E
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CChcXCp6nCc&list=PLB39B2F9ED496B30E
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZm8RjIBePs&list=PLB39B2F9ED496B30E
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RjUSwANVF4&list=PLB39B2F9ED496B30E

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