Dealing with an adult learner differs from dealing with a youth learner, which should come as no surprise. Because they are at different stages of their lives, they have distinct life experiences and perspectives on and diverse learning aspirations.
In the five areas listed below, adult learning requirements differ from those of children.
- Adults can and do draw on a lot of experience. Adults must be able to link education to their own particular personal or professional situations, as well as personalise learning in this way. The relationship between the subject and the experience increases the learner’s engagement when a lesson is tied towards something practical and personal. The greater an individual’s experience, the more connections he or she will have.
- Adults are used to being in charge of their own education unlike children. Children will learn since they are told to study things that will be beneficial in the long run, and they’ll do it without hesitation. Adults, on the other hand, need to be taught what they’re doing and why they’re doing it so they can relate the instructional objectives to their own objectives and development.
- Adults need certain opportunity to reflect on their learning and internalise it. In comparison to adults, children are more sociable in the classroom and chat to one another about their experiences. Adults require these opportunities to react to new learning in order to assimilate and remember as much information as possible. For example, if they are given an assignment on how to sell online courses, they would practically indulge into the process, and identify all the needs and requirements of the audience, following that he/ she will decide strategies to increase sales of such courses.
- Pre-existing assumptions about schooling, styles of learning, and topic content exist among adults. They like to learn in a certain method, even though it is not the most effective for them. Unlike adult, children will attempt and complete most new tasks, irrespective of how well they perform. To break down this barrier to adult learning, we must appeal to a wide range of learning styles and provide knowledge in a number of formats.
- Adults are frequently afraid of failing. Children lack the same societal filters as adults and are more open to try new things. Adult learning must be scaffolded (i.e., broken down into little chunks and supplemented with more knowledge) or they will lose their innate desire and focus.
Developing learning that is tailored to your team’s needs will help you achieve your goals. Various teachers create online courses on digital platforms through a series of online lectures to assist adults overcome these hurdles to learning. The pedagogy (teaching approach) makes use of an electronic environment to cater for these variances in young versus adult learners while also allowing for the most learning in the shortest amount of time. These structures can be adequately applied to traditional classrooms as well which can help adult learners to feel content with the teaching imparted.
- They require respect.
We should hopefully respect all people, from young learners to outsiders, but respect for adult learners takes on a different form. It entails not staring down on someone for what they don’t know and not making assumptions about what they do and don’t do. We must also value the information they do possess. Although an adult learner may not be able to graph an inequality or recognize stereotypes, he or she may be prepared to spend their salary to feed thier family or understand bus routes.