Adult Learning

A theory of learning that differentiates the routinely paternalistic approach to instruction for child learners from self-directed and self-motivated approaches taken when instructing adult learners. Adult learning values the expertise and knowledge of the learner and builds on existing experiences to develop new skills. The educator as facilitator should recognize and validate existing expertise in learners and use the learner’s experiences as grounds for discussion. Instead of disseminating knowledge to learners in a lecture, the facilitator is one of many resources available to learners and provides additional resources.