The European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults RELA is a refereed academic journal creating a forum for the publication of critical research on adult education and learning. It has a particular focus on issues at stake for adult education and learning in Europe, as these emerge in connection with wider international and transnational dynamics and trends. Such a forum is important at a time when local and regional explorations of issues are often difficult to foreground across language barriers.
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Adult learning theories play a pivotal role in the design and implementation of education programs, including healthcare professional programs. There is a variation in the use of theories in healthcare professional education programs and this is may be in part due to a lack of understanding of the range of learning theories available and paucity of specific, in-context examples, to help educators in considering alternative theories relevant to their teaching setting. This article seeks to synthesize key learning theories applicable in the learning and teaching of healthcare professionals and to provide examples of their use in context.
What and who is an adult learner? A person is an adult to the extent that he or she is performing social roles typically assigned by our culture to those it considers adults, and to the extent that the individual perceives him or herself to be essentially responsible for his or her life. A child is not responsible for his or her life even from a legal point of view.
Teaching adults often looks very different from teaching children. Adult educators can make assumptions of their adult students that they would not make of children because adults have had vastly different life experiences and come with their own unique sets of background knowledge. Andragogy, or the practice of teaching adults, studies the best methods and approaches for effective adult education.
Jump to navigation. NCES projections of higher education enrollment from — suggest that the number of students over twenty-five will remain stable or increase during the current decade Hussar and Bailey These characteristics include.
Email: Password:. Sign in. The online educational environment is increasingly being used by adults and should be designed based on the needs of adult learners.
See, also: malcolm knowles, informal adult education, self-direction and andragogy. The term andragogy was originally formulated by a German teacher, Alexander Kapp, in Nottingham Andragogy Group v. The he only used it on two occasions.
Why does the adult student population have different learning needs from the traditional college student? The challenge is that not every adult learner is looking for a full degree, and this is dependent on things like time and flexibility and the needs they have outside of their work. First is time.
When what we thought were once in five hundred year storms hit every other week, it suggests there is something new going on—and another sign that we live in a world where the unexpected is the norm. The only thing we can be sure of is that change will occur more rapidly and more unexpectedly in the future. And that means we all need to learn fast and keep learning. Five years ago in Getting Smart, I argued that the EdTech revolution would power customization, motivation and equalization—that new tools would boost personalization, engagement and expand access.