ERIC Number: ED260642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Life Developmental Tasks and Related Learning Needs and Outcomes. NSIEE Occasional Papers.
Major life developmental tasks are identified, along with the learning outcomes necessary to fulfill those tasks for adults from age 17 to retirement. Attention is directed to the important connection between life cycle change and adult learning as well as seven assumptions underlying life cycle theory. Developmental tasks and learning needs are identified for the following age levels: 17-22, 22-28, 28-33, 33-40, 40-47, 47-60, and 60 and over to retirement. For example, tasks for ages 17-22 are: establishing some independence, establishing an initial identity, and testing intimate relationships. Learning needs are: discovering areas where one is comfortable being independent/dependent, being able to ask for help, discovering what is liked/disliked, increasing realism, achieving self-understanding and self-awareness, and realizing improved interpersonal relationships and a greater network of trusted persons. Educators need to respond to the uniqueness and tasks of each learner at each life stage and to integrate personal growth and change as a part of the educational experience. Experiential learning incorporates a growth perspective responsive to the needs of each person. A chart summarizing the developmental tasks and learning needs is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Raleigh, NC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 018 617-635.