This week in looking at the needs of adult learners, it helped me understand the adult learning theories more in depth when it comes to adult learners and how cognitive complex skills can be broken down and taught to others. Every individual learns best in a different way but when it comes to the interest of most adult learners everyone wants to know the purpose of that material. On the other hand, when it comes to children and their learning they are not always given the reason why they have to learn specific material even though some day they will have to apply in their own lives. As adults, based on our experiences in life we are able to develop complex cognitive skills after taking different classes or when it comes to work. We are decision makers that have to utilize what we know in order to get to the next level of life and to continue to grow.
In week 1 of my technology, teach and learn course, I have learned or at least thought about adult learning in different ways. Being introduced to the sociocultural characteristics of adult learning helped me to think about learning on a larger scale and not just about learning that I may have encountered with my peers in a formal setting. Learning takes place in our lives each and everyday but it’s when we choose to interact and connect with others that are different from us, we can really gain true knowledge. The idea of a community of practice was interesting as well. In the workplace, school, at home, trainings etc. we come together with people that are either interested in acquiring new information and or people that may be able to teach you new things. Learning theories helps to distinguish the types of learning that occurs based on different people, but in the end have a common goal which is to be become better.