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ERIC Number: ED237811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Working with Adult Learners. Overview: ERIC Fact Sheet No. 25.
Imel, Susan
This fact sheet offers guidelines to consider when developing educational programs for adults. Characteristics of adults which affect learning are discussed under the following headings: adult life cycle; time orientation geared toward immediacy; broad base of experience; independent self-concept; and social roles. The importance of allowing adults to assume responsibility for their learning is emphasized along with several ways in which this can be achieved. Four basic steps in the instructional design process are described: specifying objectives; identifying and arranging learning tasks; selecting techniques and devices; and developing evaluation instruments. Involvement of adults in the development of educational programs is discussed in relation to developing program objectives, content, activities, and evaluation. Nine techniques for enhancing the learning motivation of adult students are offered. A bibliography is included which cites five resources available from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system. (DC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.