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Adult Learners

The following references represent succinct discussions for anyone who is interested in finding out more about how to educate the adult learner.  You can add your comments and recommendations concerning these materials by simply clicking on the “Write a comment” link  that’s on the right side of the webpage containing a full description of the material.

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Facilitating the Best Adult Learning Experience

Nancy E. Johnson, Texas A&M Commerce

This is a presentation that answers the following questions: What methods can you use to help adults remember what they learned in training? What training methods creates the best learning experience? What methods can you use to help adults remember what they learned in training? What training method creates the best learning experience? and What media work best to deliver training?

Adult Characteristics

The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Ohio State University,

This site contains a chart that compares and contrasts adults and children as learners.  It is very concise and can provide you a lot of material easily and within one glance.

Adult Learning

National Victim Assistance Academy 2002 Instructor's Manual at the Department of Justice

This site explores the differences between the adult and the child learner.  According to the authors, “Ultimate educators provide opportunities for adults to use what they already know and apply what they are learning in the instructional setting."

Adult Learners in Higher Education

Schreyer Institute at Penn State University

This site discusses how educators must prepare themselves for the new adult learner as more and more adults go back to college.

Theories of Adult Learning Rick Lumadue, Texas A&M Commerce This is a module of a course that introduces a variety of theories regarding adult learning, with links to other resources.