ERIC Number: ED353018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Successful Practices: Adult Learners in Vocational Programs.
Kelly, Diana K.
Developed as part of a project aimed at providing information about adult learners to vocational faculty and administrators to help them develop teaching methods, curricula, and programs for adults in California's community colleges, this report focuses on issues and practices related to workforce development, adult vocational students, effective teaching for adults, and model vocational programs for adults. Following a brief introduction, the first section of the report examines the role of community college vocational programs in workforce development, focusing on the "Skills Gap," or the skills needed by today's workforce that many workers currently lack. The second section describes the characteristics and needs of adult learners in the community college, taking note of the need for ethnic and cultural diversity in adult programs. Issues related to effective teaching methods for adults are examined in the third section, including a discussion of andragogy, teaching strategies, student involvement, different learning styles, and lessons from corporate training. The fourth section examines characteristics of "model" vocational programs for adult learners, highlighting ways of attracting adults to the program, retaining adults, and helping them to achieve career goals. Finally, a brief summary explains ways to incorporate these practices into adult vocational programs. A 51-item bibliography and a list of contact people for model programs are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Continuation Students, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Labor Force Development, Public School Adult Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Fullerton Coll., CA.