An accessible and up to date text on teaching and supporting adult learners, aimed at both student teachers and experienced practitioners. It explores teaching adult learners within a traditional further education (FE) context but also working with those adult learners on Higher Education (HE) courses taught within FE.
Adult learners have a distinct set of needs and challenges which can include issues of self confidence, fear of technology, time management and financial constraints, and which may not always be fully recognised by educational practitioners or institutions. Teachers and student stories are used throughout this book to analyse learner needs and motivations, highlight possible barriers to learning and explore strategies for support.
This publication enables those teaching adult learners to gain an understanding of the difficulties that students may experience while developing their own professional practice in order to create effective, focused and inclusive teaching strategies for this group.
Publisher: Critical Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 229 g
Dimensions: 246 x 174 x 7 mm
This book is exceptionally accessible. It is organised, written and illustrated in ways that support the reader in understanding the cornerstones of effective teaching for adult learners. The writers provide case studies drawn from their own extensive experiences bringing credibility and realism to the work. The book also reflects an up to date perspective. For example, it explores technology enhanced learning in a well-informed way. Underpinning this text is deep respect for adult learners and what they bring to the learning experience. The authors are careful to emphasise the importance of empathy in being an effective teacher. They also lead readers to appreciate the diverse perspectives, experiences and learner states of mature learners. Newly qualified, experienced and trainee teachers of further and higher education will find the book a useful practical tool for understanding and developing their pedagogy. Teacher training providers will also find this book extremely useful since it provides practical activities designed to support critical thinking and reflection. Overall, this book is a timely, high quality contribution to the field. I will definitely be using it with and recommending it to the PGCHE and PGCFE students I work with.-- Dr Deborah Robinson, University of Derby
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