I will be discussing Learning to learn; how a teacher belief and behaviour can influence the classroom; collaborative learning and opportunities for learning. I will be providing examples of how my own beliefs and assumptions have shaped my practice and why it’s important to recognise that everyone is cable of developing learning to learn regardless of age and background.
As an adult educator my philosophical position is between progressive and humanistic (refer Appendix 1). Over the years my position has shifted due to changing job role. Five years ago my classroom practices were to control my environment with the aim to achieving the learning outcomes. Every lesson involved a typical demonstrate of the skill followed by the students attempt the task through a process of trial and error and finally feedback and reinforcement of the desired behaviour was provided this is what a philosophy outlined in behavioural adult education provide as outlined by Elias & Merriam (1995) in Zinn (1998, p. 70).
Over the last nine years have developed on a professional and personal level and that my stance on adult education is more in line with guiding and facilitating learning; implementing past experience; problem solving and helping adult learners unlock their potential.
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