EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 1 – Assignment

Week 1 – Assignment

Learning Theories

[WLO: 2] [CLOs: 1, 2]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review the weeks assigned textbook Chapters 1, 2, and 3 on “Adult Learning in Today’s World,” “Traditional Learning Theories,” and “Andragogy: The Art and Science of Helping Adults Learn” as well as the assigned Kenner and Weinerman (2011) article, “Adult Learning Theory: Applications to Non-Traditional College Students.” Also review web pages on Andragogy (Malcolm Knowles) (Links to an external site.) and Jean Piaget (Links to an external site.).

Identify two discussions, assignments, or activities from the ENG121 Course Guide  downloadthat illustrate or can be explained in terms of adult learning theory. (These discussions, assignments, and/or activities may be used again as examples in the Weeks 2, 3, and/or 4 assignments, or you may use different examples for different weeks.)

  • Describe briefly each discussion, assignment, or activity, including the name and week from where these items were selected.
  • Analyze how the discussions, assignments, and activities exemplify, or can be explained in terms of, one or more traditional learning theories.
    • If there is only one theory applied, discuss why only one theory was used.
    • If there are two or more theories applied, discuss why more than one theory was used.
  • Analyze the discussions, assignments, and/or activities, identifying how they focus on andragogy in relationship to Knowles’ four principles.
  • If you find less-than-adequate evidence of an identifiable application of learning theory or focus on andragogy per Knowles, explain learning theory and andragogy with reference to the selected components of the course and offer suggestions on how the discussion, assignment, or activity could have better applied these theories and/or concepts.

The paper

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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