The Adult Learner
Being an Adult Educator
Adult literacy learners are a diverse group who come to the classroom focused on achieving specific, practical goals. They bring with them a lifetime of experiences, and they may have negative views of the learning process. Adult learners have many draws on their time and energies, may be fighting self-esteem issues, and are generally non-traditional learners. To support these adults in achieving their goals, we need to consider what skills we, as adult educators, need to foster in ourselves.
Consider yourself as an adult educator.
What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
How are you most comfortable teaching others? Do you prefer to explain things? Write instructions? Demonstrate?
How do your own learning preferences connect with your instructional preferences?
On your worksheet, make some notes about your characteristics as an adult educator.
Then state how you think these characteristics might support adult literacy learners.
Click “Next” below or a specific topic on the outline to the left to continue.