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    Adults and Children as Learners

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    Adults and Children as Learners Teaching adults should be different if adults learn differently than children do. Theories or perspectives on adult learning, such as andragogy, make a number of assertions about the characteristics of adults as learners: adults need learning to be meaningful; they are autonomous, independent, and self-directed; prior experiences are a rich learning resource; their readiness to learn is associated with a transition point or a need to perform a task; their orientation

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    Adult Learner Retention

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    Adult Learner Retention Adult learner retention continues to hold the attention of adult educators in every type of program. Although the reasons students leave and the strategies for keeping them may differ from adult basic education (ABE) to higher education, the goal of retention is the same: to keep learners in programs until they achieve their goals (Tracy-Mumford et al. 1994). In any program, adults are largely voluntary participants, but the student role is just one of many roles and responsibilities

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    Opportunities for Adult Learners The concept of adults as learners emerged both in this country and in Europe shortly after World War I; however, only in the last few decades has the theory of adult learning matured. Knowles, Tough, Houle, and Park, among others, have written extensively on the idea of the adult learner. In Tennant's book (1997), he discussed Knowles' adult learning theory. Knowles used the term andragogy to label adult learning theory. The andragogical model of the adult learner is based

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    engaging adult learners

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    theory that adults had particular ways in which they learned. Researchers believed that the practice and education should reflect these particulars in order to properly engage adults. This paper will go into the theory behind adult learning and a few influential people behind the theories. It will look at learner centered approaches to adult learning. This paper will also define the different learning styles as well as how to engage those learning styles. For the purpose of this paper an adult is defined

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    Online Learning and the Adult Learner

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    young adults are capable of today. The gadgets and gizmos available now would only be dreams then. Technology, and the ever growing availability of mobile technology, has moved us light years ahead from the days of learning solely by experience, hardbound books and in brick-and-mortar learning establishments. However, there seems to be a growing gap between the knowledge necessary to succeed in life, and the things learned and available yesteryear. Today more than ever, adult learners require

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    computer (Jones, 1997). Although the motivation for enrollment and retention in an online program for adult students is discussed in the literature review, the types of instruction may vary from simple correspondence or asynchronous communication through electronic mail, chat rooms for classroom discussion, and video-taped classes. Online programs and virtual universities are an answer to adult students who are very busy with their lives in their careers and family life and cannot or will not attend

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    The Adult Learner An adult’s willingness to learn is not related to his or her ability to learn. Adult learners may be "education wounded" from earlier learning experiences and require "unlearning" to become an effective adult learner. Adult learners are more than just machines processing information. Adult learners come with a mind, memories, conscious and subconscious worlds, emotions, imagination and a physical body, all of which interact with learning. The adult learning process is much more

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    opportunities for adults to further their education. (Keengwe, J. & Kidd, T., 2010) Learning is now available globally, and the learning is available at any time and in any place. These virtual universities and online programs are expanding the opportunities for adults, who because of geography, work, and family commitments, cannot enroll in traditional brick and mortar schools. Identifying and comparing the traits and characteristics of online dropouts versus persistent adult learners is an important

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    Adult Learners

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    well as learn. The role of a teacher allows me to experience both Andragogy and Pedagogy. “Andragogy” is “the art and science of helping adults learn "where as “Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching children” (Knowles, 1984, p. 13). In my profession, it is a daily task to teach concepts to children. Children are generally, teacher directed learners meaning, they are always looking to the teacher to guide them in their learning. They seek out answers and need direction to what they will

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    IT Adoption of Adult Learners

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    and with that comes limitless ease of access. Although there is a prevalence of accessibility, what appears to be occurring is the user’s ability to work with and implement technology effectively, particularly adult learners. Within the hallways of numerous colleges, there are adult learners who are terrified by the acquisition and implementation of technology which is an institutional requirement. Technological skills are a essential for student achievement. This literature review intends to capture

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