YOU Are an Adult Educator! Foundational Concepts to Assist Anyone Who Teaches or Trains Adults
Leann Kaiser,Kalpana Gupta
General Teaching Topics
Tuesday, January 9th 2018
Most people experience being an adult learner on a regular basis, whether in formal or informal settings. And, although many people may not directly identify themselves as such, those who facilitate this learning for adults are adult educators. Adult educators include university faculty/instructors, workplace trainers, human resource managers, adult basic educators, and career/technical instructors, among many others. Adult educators often do not have formal training in how to best facilitate adult learning. They are experts in their areas/subjects, but usually have little background in how to best teach those subjects. During this session the presenters will first help participants to understand the scope of breadth of adult education. They will then introduce the three main concepts that all adult educators need to know to succeed in their work. These include 1) how to teach/facilitate, 2) adult learning and development theory, and 3) instructional design. The overall intent of this session is to introduce the participants (adult educators) to the wealth of information available through the field of adult education, which in turn can assist them to improve their teaching and training of adults. Resources will be provided to help the participants apply these concepts, as well as additional information on how to continue to deepen their knowledge after the session has completed.
Goals and Target Audience:
The target audience for this session includes anyone who teaches or trains adult learners or plans to do so in the future. This includes university faculty/instructors in any discipline, workplace trainers, human resource employees, adult basic educators, and career/technical instructors, among many others.
1. Participants will explore what adult education is and identify the various professional contexts in which adult educators work.
2. Participants will be introduced to the major concepts that underlie being an effective adult educator.
3. Participants will be provided practical ways to begin to utilize these concepts in their own contexts.