5 Ways Adults Learn Differently than Children

Not a day in our lives goes by that we don’t experience learning in some capacity. However, as we age from children to adults the way we learn, absorb and retain information shifts.

Adult learning needs differ from children in the following 5 ways.

1. Adults have a wealth of experience to draw on, and like to do so.  There needs to be opportunities for adults to connect learning to their own unique personal or work situations, and opportunities for them to personalize the learning in this regard.

 

2. Adults aren’t used to taking direction in education like children are. Children learn because they are told to learn things that will have some relevance in the distant future and will do so without questioning why.  Whereas adults need to be explicitly told what they are doing and why so they can connect the desired learning outcomes to their own goals and progress.

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