Week 1 – Assignment
[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.
- Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and appendices) and formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center sources.
- Must use at least two credible sources, at least one of which is scholarly, in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you choose to use a credible website as one of your sources, this What Is CRAAP? (Links to an external site.) tip sheet can assist you to evaluate the credibility of the website. See as well the Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.) tutorial from the Ashford University Library. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the Formatting Your Reference List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
- Review the Writing Center’s Grammarly (Links to an external site.) page before you submit your written assignment; set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then, carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.