Reflective Essay On Adult Education

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We know that as educator students learn best if the instructions are appropriately challenging for them. We know as soon as the students become engage and interested at what they are learning is when they have the opportunity to interact with others in discussions, exploring and experimenting with the concepts of their own skill and experience.
As an instructor at a community college, I see many adult learners who enroll in the program I work for to maintain their job or to find a better job where they can “function effectively in the changing world around them” (Kasworm, Rose and Gordon-Ross, 2010, pg. 15). I teach the early childhood development to adult learners who are assistant teachers or who want to become an assistant teacher at a
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Just as the authors of Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education stated on affective learning, “Emotionally charge images, evoked through the context of adult learning, provide the opportunity for a more profound access to the world by inviting a deeper understanding of ourselves in relationship with it” (Kasworm, Rose and Gordon-Ross, 2010, pg. 37). Having an understanding of others feeling and how they may feel when working in a group can be hard for many adults because as adult learners they are self-directed learners and having someone other than the teacher tell them what to do is hard for many to accept. For example, the students’ that I chose to work again as group were not agreeing with one another, so their emotions would become shaken that they could not ignore it. This is the proses of transformative learning when my students self-reflect on their actions or thoughts and learn to realize that they can work this out as a team. I chose this situation in particular because it reminded me of how children would work in a group activity similar to the situation in my classroom. Many children are learning to socialize with one another, share and getting along with each other, similar to adult learners. The difference in adults is that many had already developed this learning skills and all they need is just a constant reminder for them. I say this because as adults, we have a mindset as to where we are not children in where to tell us what to

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