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Adult Learning Concepts (ALC)

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Sidar supports: Adult Learning Concepts (ALC).

One foundation for the transition to active adult learning is found in the adult learning theory of Malcolm Knowles in his studies of how adults learn. The ALC models reflect these differences from traditional teacher-centered models of education. We believe that instructors should be familiar with Knowles’ research as a foundation to develop effective lessons and delivering them in a manner best-suited to the learner.

Adult learning theory is founded on the principles that effective training is:

• Relevant – to the experience or intended experience of the adult learner. adults learn best when they see the relevance of the taught concept to their experience.
• Engaged – the adult learner retains knowledge and concepts more readily if they are engaged in the process of discovery and exploration rather than being the recipient of information.
• Active – the learning process should be active, and replicate as closely as possible the environment within which the skill or knowledge will be applied. Rather than memorizing code sections, adults would retain and apply knowledge more effectively if they worked to discover the content, and then were able to practice its application in a simulation or scenario.
• Learner-centred – The traditional classroom taught concepts and prepared students to pass tests and other measures of their progress. Unfortunately, the student’s retention of that knowledge was often nominal beyond the confines of the class.

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