ERIC Number: ED251677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching-Learning Preferences of the Adult Learner.
Check, John F.
This study was conducted to determine theoretical models, learning styles, and activities adult learners prefer. From a total of 154 survey forms administered to undergraduate and graduate students in adult studies and in the adult learner course at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 119 questionnaires were analyzed, using a chi square model on all 20 items in the survey. Respondents showed a preference for an eclectic theoretical approach to teaching and learning. These same subjects strongly endorsed learning by insight, indicating that their favored mode of learning was through the lecture and discussion approach. Furthermore, these same subjects desired an outline of the lecture. Even though previous studies show that adults prefer a great deal of freedom in choice of course content, findings of this study did not support this. As expected, the adult learner does take notes during the lecture; this same learner was also assigned a term paper as a requirement of the course. As is true with the traditional student, the adult learner accepts the practice of testing; however, a large majority of the adults wanted a test that included both objective and subjective items. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY,