Thursday, May 20, 2010

Adult Learning and Work-Life Balance

Pulling together ideas from the past week.

Adult Learning

Malcolm Knowles argues..
  • Typically adults need to know why they need to learn something and how it is going to apply to their real life.
  • They prefer to approach learning as problems solving
  • They learn best when the topic is of immediate value
  • They need to learn experientially
Learning styles/preferences exist and it is a good idea to be aware of the different styles and how you can cater to them. You could incorporate video, audio, photos, guest speakers, text and include activities such as role playing, case studies, simulations, and self-evaluations.

We need to recognize the above points and accept that adult learners need to be able to self-direct and to take personal responsibility for their learning.

Work-Life Balance

This is a reminder and re-post of what I shared in the course. I am hoping when I come back to my blog that it will remind me of what I am experiencing now and bring work-life priorities back into focus.

"My life is a bit chaotic to say the least and I am definitely struggling to find time for everything. I am currently looking at my priorities and realizing that even though I feel they are priorities they are getting put on the back burner.

I love the idea of making lists that everyone has suggested. I used to make lists all the time but haven't in a while because I just don't have time to sit down and make a list! tongueout

But I think everyone is right, making a list and crossing things off allows you a sense of accomplishment and allows you to feel like you are getting somewhere and getting things done. I am going to do this tonight, although I think my list will be huge.

One other thing I find extremely useful but lacking in my life at the moment is physical activity, whether it be riding my bike, walking the dogs, or classes at the gym. They all make me feel amazing. I must find time to fit that in every day."


  1. I'm thinking that you and Lindsay have quite a bit in common w.r.t. your views on adult learning.

    As I said as a comment to her blog, a lot of it is about finding the "means to an end" but in this rapidly-changing environment, it's not always easy for the learner to know what to ask for.

  2. Carrie, you remind me of a couple of things I need to do more often. 1) Get outside and exercise!... and 2( Making lists - I used to do this but the items I listed were relatively big projects so it took a LONG time to cross something off my list and by then I had maybe even lost the list. Now, whenever I make a list I try to break things into much smaller pieces.

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