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ERIC Number: ED472601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Trauma and Adult Learning. ERIC Digest.
Kerka, Sandra
Adult learning can be challenging and traumatic events can exacerbate the process. Symptoms such as difficulty beginning new tasks, fear of risk taking, eroded self-esteem, or inability to concentrate can be evidence of past or current trauma and may be manifested by a learner missing class, avoiding tests, or behaving inappropriately during class discussions. Educators can use the following responsive strategies: (1) design a curriculum that focuses on incremental improvement; (2) help learners recognize when symptoms are more or less present; (3) give feedback while respecting boundaries; and (4) accept a continuum of appropriate responses. Educators' responses to learners dealing with trauma can be constrained by personal beliefs and ignorance. To overcome these and to help learners, educators might adopt a multifaceted approach that includes the following: (1) a holistic perspective; (2) creation of a safe learning environment; (3) story telling; (4) collaboration with appropriate agencies; (5) educator self care and professional development; and (6) policy and advocacy. (Contains 12 references.) (AJ)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.