ERIC Number: ED369882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Using High Fidelity Computer-Based Simulations in Retraining of Retired Military Personnel.
Nelson, Jorge O.
Military personnel facing forced retirement are prime candidates for retraining as teachers. As mature adult learners, retiring/retired military personnel have certain needs that must be addressed if they are to become successful in their educational careers. Knowles' six assumptions of andragogy acknowledge these special needs as follows: adults need to know why they need to learn something before they start learning it; adults learners have a self-concept of being responsible for their own decisions and lives; adults bring a greater degree of varying experiences into the classroom than younger students do; adults become ready to learn when forced to deal with their real-life situations; adults are life centered in their orientation to learning; and motivation of adult learners can become an issue because of such factors as negative self-concept and inaccessibility of opportunities, time constraints, and programs that violate the principles of adult learning. Unlike traditional classroom techniques, high fidelity computer-based simulations are well suited to andragogy-based teaching techniques. Such simulations are intrinsically motivating, and they give adult learners a simultaneously self-directed and collaborative approach to teacher training programs. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Andragogy, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Educational Needs, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Learning Motivation, Military Personnel, Models, Nontraditional Students, Retirement, Retraining, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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