An eclectic approach to learning and teaching can provide instructional experts with multiple approaches to enable efficient learning. Different learning theories can be employed depending on the objective of the lesson, the context of learning, and the nature of the learners. I compare behaviourist learning theories with experiential learning theories.
Characteristics of Developed Learners
I have a problem with Knowles’s characteristics of adult learners. I suggest that this framework should more accurately be called the characteristics of developed learners. Knowles makes five assumptions about the differences between adult and child learners. These assumptions are related to self-concept, experience, readiness to learn, motivations to learn, and the orientation of learning. I do not think that Knowles’s framework for describing adult leaners is suitable for all adult learners. Additionally, these characteristics can equally be applied to young learners. It is important to examine the context of each learner, and to take the individual learner into consideration. I will briefly outline each of Knowles’s characteristics and offer a few ideas about each point. Finally, I will conclude with my argument for how a shift in terminology from characteristics of adult learners to developed learners may benefit our teaching practice. Continue reading “Characteristics of Adult Learners”