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ERIC Number: ED470095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 8
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The Effects of Using Adult Learning Preference for Trainers.
Lee, Doris
This investigation examined whether the professional trainers could benefit from a needs analysis course in which real cases from various organizations were used and all the learning activities and materials were geared closely to the learning expectations and preferences of adults. Specifically, this study attempted to find out whether the use of five prominent adult learning preferences could enable the trainers to improve their: posttest achievement; attitudes toward these preferences; and performance in conducting individual needs analysis project. These preferences, which will be detailed in the methodology section, were derived from related literature on adult learning and included well-written, well-organized texts, lectures and handouts, and well-planned class discussions, reflections, and case studies. Research questions of the study included: (1) Were the use of the five adult learning preferences effective in helping the trainers comprehend and recall the needs analysis knowledge and therefore, perform better on the posttest? (2) Were the use of the five adult learning preferences effective in helping the trainers apply the needs analysis knowledge and skills and therefore, be able to implement the individual needs analysis project correctly and effectively? and (3) What were the trainers' attitudes toward each of the learning preferences? Related literature on adult learning characteristics and preferences is reviewed, which serves to provide a theoretical context for the study and to justify the rationale and the significance of the study. Then, the methodology of the study is detailed, and finally, the findings, together with the implications of the findings, are discussed. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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