What does it mean to be an Adult Learner or engage in Life Long Learning? Or perhaps that should be restated as: What does it take to be an Adult Learner or engage in Life Long Learning?
What characteristics separate those of us who seek out new experiences from those of us who prefer to keep things as they are?
Brainstorming with myself and rattling off in stream-of-consciousness style, here are some approaches in which an Adult Learner must be willing to engage:
• looking silly
• asking questions
• being a beginner
• venturing into unfamiliar territory
in the moment is a site dedicated to using improvisation to teach adult learners, and to helping caregivers understand, communicate with, and care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Karen Stobbe has combined her passions to provide a very helpful, soothing release to a difficult practice. Many of the activities can be used as ice breakers or to limber the body and mind before engaging in something new. To that end, Karen mentions the following about Adult Learners…
• want to know why
• vary greatly in learning and education and experience
• want feedback on how they are doing
• may have to unlearn first
• on their terms and in their language
• would rather problem solve than gather information
• need to be involved in their learning experience
• need to be ready to learn
• learn by doing and practicing new skills
Okay, if you managed to read to this point, please click on the “Leave A Comment” button below and add your thoughts on what Adult Learners should be willing to do or what they want. Consider this an informal polling of Adult Learners. Thanks!