Adult Learning: Adult Teaching

Adult Learning: Adult Teaching

Adult Learning: Adult Teaching

Adult Learning: Adult Teaching

Excerpt

This book is intended to provide some specific and practical suggestions for those involved in teaching and working with adults. It is concerned with the ways that adults learn and how teachers, tutors and trainers can help them learn more efficiently. Much of the book is based upon what we have learned over a number of years of teaching adults and running training courses for adult education tutors, for tutor trainers and for many other professional groups who increasingly find themselves in the business of adult learning and teaching.

This third edition has several new sections and it is produced in a new format. We have tried to provide an accessible and practical account of how to set about the effective planning, preparation and teaching of courses for adults.

The book is in two major parts. The first is concerned with adult learning —adults as learners, their characteristics and expectations. We have included here a section about equal opportunities and access, issues that the reader will also find embedded in our discussion of teaching strategies in the rest of the book. The second part is concerned with adult teaching and is divided into four: planning for learning, teaching methods, reviewing learning (including assessment of competence) and 'getting started'. At the end of the book we have included some titles for further reading and some notes about staff development and training opportunities.

We hope that the ideas and suggestions we have included in this book will both confirm you in what you are already doing well, and help you to reflect upon and develop your practice to the benefit of the adults you work with.

Enjoy your teaching.

John Daines, Carolyn Daines and Brian Graham . . .

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