Lesson Planning Component – Characteristics of Adult Learners

Characteristics of Adult learners

For an educator, it is extremely vital to understand the key characteristics of the target learners as this helps the teacher in devising the teaching style, strategies and educational material as per the needs of the learners. This useful web-link discusses the key characteristics of adult learners while basing them upon the concept of andragogy as given by Malcolm Knowles. Since adult education is based upon the principle of andragogy, I find the characteristics mentioned here extremely relevant. As an adult educator, I will utilize these requirements of my target learners to devise my instructional programs.


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