education upheaval – is there a right way to prepare adult learners?

i’m all for education upheaval, provided it is methodical, well thought out, and reasonable. upheaval for the sake of upheaval is wasted effort, but upheaval for the sake of valuable, forward-thinking change is not only encouraged, but essential.

last week mark at learning conversations put together a list of questions to ask before a new education system can be created from scratch. some questions with the most impact are:

What does society need from an education system?
What is the role of society?
What does the individual need from an education system?
How can we support learners’ progress towards their (our?) goals?
When will people learn?
When will people support learning?
How will we know the support is effective?
How will we know the resources we provide are effective?

this list could easily translate to adult education, specifically for retention and implementation. how will adults learn? how can we as corporate educators or as life-long instructors support learners’ progress towards goals that mesh with their industry, their organisation, their values, and their personal lives? what does an organisation or school or community need from an adult education system? and how will we know what resources are invested in adult education are effective and provide roi for both the learner and the organisation that initiated the learning?

and i cannot make this post without referencing the post mark made just before that, on lessons learned in professional learning, wherein he describes his initial thoughts on how important it is to set expectations and generate motivation.

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One Response to “education upheaval – is there a right way to prepare adult learners?”

  1. nice work, brother

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