Adult schools help non-traditional students to obtain an education regardless of what their schedules are like or what their goals. The target age group of adult education is 15 to 35 years. There are many options available to adults looking to begin their education or looking for continuing education programs. In addition to being able to enroll in a degree or certificate program, students should be able to take individual courses.
Why Adult Learning is important?
There are many reasons to decide as an adult to enroll in a school and education program. It can help adults to increase the knowledge of their chosen field or help them learn about a completely new area. This could help in their professional lives or just be a way to satisfy their desires as a lifelong learner.
Five Basic Principles of Adult Learning
Incorporating five basic principles in your program design can ensure that your learners really do learn. These are based on years of research in adult learning.
- Personal benefit
(a) Solves or avoids a problem for them.
(b) Provides an opportunity or increases status.
(c) Leads to professional or personal growth
(a) Involves them in sharing what they know.
(b) Validates their expertise.
- Self direction
(a) Make decisions about the content and process.
(b) Contribute to the learning of their co-learners.
(c) Have some degree of independence in the learning process.
- Application and Action
(a) Adult learners are busy, practical and learn by doing.
(b) There is immediate application for the learning.
(c) They can practice new skills or test knowledge before leaving a learning session.
- Learning Styles
(a) The learning taps into a mix of learning styles that fit their preferences and stimulate their multiple intelligences.
(b) Multiple means are used to represent the material being learned.
By:- Mrs. Nitu Singh
Assitant Professor, Department of Education
Uttaranchal College of Education (UCE)