EDD 511 Adult Learning: Theories, Principles, And Applications
This course focuses on adult development and learning theories. Students will identify the stages of adult development and examine the concept of andragogy versus pedagogy. Major theories of adult learning and how they relate to instructional practices will be explored. Intelligence, learning styles, and motivation are discussed in the context of teaching adult learners. Emphasis will be placed on teaching and learning models and strategies and effective practices in distance education.
Topics and Objectives
Adult Development Theories
- Examine the various adult development theories including biological, psychological, sociocultural, cognitive, intelligence and aging.
- Identify and analyze classical and current theories of learning including humanistic, developmental, behavioral, and andragogical.
- Analyze the similarities and differences between andragogy and pedagogy.
- Identify the life-cycle phases and how each phase effects learning.
- Identify the developmental challenges of adulthood including career, family, and aging concerns.
- Identify the common characteristics of adult learners.
- Analyze the learning process as a function of aging.
- Examine the connection between memory, cognition, the brain and the learning process.
- Examine the concept of learning style and how it impacts adult learning.
- Identify and analyze effective teaching strategies for facilitating adult learning.
- Examine the importance of experience and relevancy to adult learners.
- Analyze the concept of lifelong learning and adult education.
- Analyze theories of motivation.
- Examine the impact of motivation on adult learning.
- Analyze the nature and form of self-directed learning.
Teaching in a Distance Education Environment
- Identify the demographic, social and technological changes that have impacted adult learning and increased the need for distance education.
- Identify how distance education environments can effectively meet the needs of adult learners.
Information retrieved from University of Phoenix
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