Adult Learning Theory
Liberty University Online
March 8, 2013
The two articles on adult learning theory studied were “ALT: Application to Non-Traditional College Students” written by Cari Kenner and Jason Weinerman and “ALT for the Twenty-First Century” by Sharan B. Merriam. Both of these articles point out that having a passion for teaching is the most important thing.
In “ALT: Application to Non-Traditional College Students”, the author begins by giving an example of one of the reasons many people take the route of not going to school and go straight into a job that will provide the training they need in order to be successful at it. It also gives one of ...view middle of the document...
In conclusion, both of these articles emphasize that the educator’s main goal should be to create a successful environment for each adult student. They give different strategies that help students be successful at reaching their educational goals.
It is not unusual today to see an adult return to school after many years of being away from it. Reasons for returning to school range from wanting a career change to seeking a promotion within their current profession. In my case, upon finishing HS, I decided to work and save enough money to pay for my classes.
I agree with both of these articles about adult learning theories. On the article by Weinerman and Kenner, they point out that it is very important to understand the differences between adult learners and traditional students (2011). I also believe this is important because these two categories of students enroll in college with different school backgrounds.
Weinerman and Kenner quoted Knowles descriptions of adult learners. One of those is, “They are task motivated. Adult students returning to college attend for a specific goal and the primary component of their motivational drive tends to be internal (Knowles, 1984)” (Weinerman & Kenner, 2011). I can identify with...