• Adults expect to be respected, safe (physically and psychologically) and find the learning experience rewarding
  • Adults can and will use all of their senses to learn
  • Adults learn more effectively when they can relate new information to their existing knowledge or experiences 
  • Adults need to be able to practice newly acquired skills and apply new knowledge
  • Generally, adults remember best the first and last things in a learning session
  • In training, adults need feedback on their progress to determine their own effectiveness
  • Adults need to be actively involved in the learning process
  • When new information contradicts their existing beliefs, adults need more time to make sense of and value this new information

What documents make up a learning program? 

  • Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS)
  • Assessment Plan
  • Session Plan
  • Learning Resources
    • Sample handouts, handbooks, brochures, workbooks, texts, templates etc.

You may also include resources such as:

  • units of competency
  • benchmarks such as standards and codes
  • learning outcomes
  • overview of content
  • WHS issues
  • Identification of assessment points
  • Assessment methods and the tools

What is andragogy and pedagogy? 

Andragogy comes from the ancient Greek, meaning ‘to lead a man’.

The theory by Malcolm Knowles addresses the principles that differ between how children learn (pedagogy) and how adults learn. There are proponents and dissidents to this school of thought, however the theory does raise four very interesting ideas:

(1) Adults need to know why they need to learn something

(2) Adults need to learn experientially,

(3) Adults approach learning as problem-solving, and

(4) Adults learn best when the topic is of immediate value.