ERIC Number: ED277838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Sharing Your Skills Teaching Adults. The Training of Instructors to Teach Non-Credit Adult Education Courses.
A short-term training course for part-time adult instructors (a program of the Strathcona, Alberta, Further Education Council) has been offered eight times. Findings from questionnaires completed by respondents indicated that over 97 percent want to take the course. The most obviously desired topics are adult learners' needs and characteristics. The least useful topics, according to the instructor/participants, are writing course objectives and individual lesson plans. An in-class needs assessment showed that professional development is the first concern. The course, Sharing Your Skills: Teaching Adults, is six hours in length. The set topics of the first three hours are introduction (how to start a class of adults), needs assessment, and contracting. Other content of these three hours includes a slide-tape presentation, a computerized precourse assignment about adult learners' characteristics, and the topics of learning styles and group development. The second three hours are the "flexible agenda." Two or three mini-lectures cover topics requested by the class. Then participants practice teaching by reading a handout on a particular topic and presenting the topic to the class. The final mini-lecture is on evaluation, and participants evaluate the course. (The format of this paper is that of a detailed outline. Overhead transparency masters used during this presentation are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Association of Continuing Education (Vancouver, British Columbia, May 1986).