This course will focus on building understanding by the participant of the differences that exist between working with adult learners as opposed to typical K-12 students. This course will use Andragogy as the foundation for Adult Learning Theory. The learner will gain an understanding of how an adult most successfully gains and accepts knowledge. The learner will gain an understanding of how to leverage this successfully when developing professional learning for peers and other adults. The learner will gain practical tools not only in how to design effective learning experiences for adults but also how to know when adults are ready to receive knowledge. This course will be a blend of theory and application which will leave the learner capable and prepared to better meet the needs of any adult learners they may work with.
NOTE: This course is not applicable toward Adult Education preliminary credential in California.
Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for any educator looking to hone skills in designing and facilitating professional learning experiences for other adults (workshops, trainings, presentations, courses) by understanding adult learning theory and implementing skills to reach the adult learner.
Course Materials: Text, The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (9th Edition) by Malcolm Knowles, Elwood Holton III, Richard Swanson, and Petra Robinson available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore. Ebook and paperback versions are available. This same book will be used in the following two courses (EDU-X716S and EDU-X717S) in the Professional Development Facilitation and Leadership Certificate Program.
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