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Forum: Looking at Learning... Again
Topic: Teaching and Learning
Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:01:23 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?
Posted by: Kim Loomis
Date posted: Thu Apr 26 17:07:44 2001
Subject: Adult Learners
As a member of the professional devepolment carde in our school district, it is most important to keep in mind the ways adults learn best. As I think about this issue, I tend to think that adults don't learn different than children. Both need experiences that are engaging, that empower them as a learner, while seeking their own knowledge. As it is so easy to "just tell" the students in the classroom, it's just as easy to "just tell" the adult learner - often times more easy, since we don't want to 'waste' an adult's time. In any form of learning experiences, the ultimate goal is to have ownership of the knowledge base. When you look up "ownership" within the thesaurus you will find 'take part in,'take pleasure in,' and 'possession of,' all of which are in contridiction of "just telling."
Reply Posted by: Leslie Broidy
Date Posted: Mon Apr 30 23:46:28 2001
I find learning an interesting thing. I feel that to truly learn one has to be taught in the modality they learn the best. Sometimes as teachers we tend to use the modality that is comfortable for ourselves and then wonder why some of our students "just don't get it."
As an adult we are no different in our learning than we were when we were children. The only difference is we know more about ourselves and are able to say, "I learn best by seeing it," or "I learn best by picking it up and discovering every thing there is to know about it." Which ever way we learn, we have come to recognize it and adapt our situations to learn in the environment we like best. I think this is why so many classes offered are diversed in their teaching styles. I also think this is why we tend to tune out quickly when something is being taught in a way that we don't learn.