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Roles of Adult Educators

March 3, 2013

As my position has changed from mainly teaching elementary students to also instructing parents and teachers, I have seen a few variances in my role as an instructor. As most adult students have had a wide variety of experiences before entering my classroom, it is critical not to assume their level of knowledge. These learners may in fact be very knowledgeable about the material being taught. Some may even be experts in the subject, or within their field, and therefore deserve to have their knowledge recognized. This may be done by providing learners with opportunities do display their expertise, such as class or group discussion. In some instances the learner may also be able to assist the instructor throughout the course. This will ensure that their competency is acknowledged, and also provides participants with opportunities to be more independent within the classroom. Independence is another aspect of teaching adults that must be considered as instructors. Many adult learners prefer to work independently and will opt to facilitate much of their learning themselves. I think the awareness of these adult characteristics continues to make me a better instructor. Being cognizant of these characteristics directs the activities I choose while lesson planning so that the needs of adult participants are met and the learners are supported in a way that is best suited to them.


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Mark McGregor

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