The module is aimed at providing a broad overview of adult learning and adult learners. It touches upon FE, HE and work based learning. It aims to explore the barriers and enablers to adult learning and how such learning is a vital part of the world of work. It considers the perspectives of learning from a range of stakeholders view points and examines how these factors compete and interact. It aims to explore the underpinning learning theory that most impacts upon adults and their learning environment. Finally, it considers why learning in organisations may be ineffective and how attempts can be made to maximise the impact of learning at work.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate the complex relationship between individuals and learning contexts.
- Synthesise some of the research on learning and its application in a broad array of learning contexts.
- Explain the barriers and enablers to adult learning.
- Demonstrate understanding of some of the factors that contribute to effective adult learning.
Typically, you will cover issues which may include the following:
Schools of Learning Theory; Social and Situated Learning; Learner Motivation; Learning Transfer; Adult Learning; Experiential Learning; The Learner, e-learning & future learning; Learning Organisations; Work-based Learning.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
There will be one 2 hour session per week. The sessions are interactive and will not be traditional lectures, but instead will require active participation, discussion and group activities. Pre-session info will also be posted on Blackboard.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Ways of learning. London: David Fulton.
Conole, G. and Oliver, M. (2006). Contemporary Perspectives in E-learning Research: Themes, methods and impact on practice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Dewey, J. (1933). How We Think. Southern Illinois Press.
Muiis, D. and Reynolds, D. (2011). Effective Teaching Evidence and Practice. London: SAGE.
Jarvis, P., Holford, J., Griffin, C. (1988). Theory and Practice of Learning. Kogan Page.
Jarvis Peter with Mary Watts (2012). The Routledge International Handbook of Learning. Routledge.
Understanding effective learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Thinking, problem solving and cognition. New York: W.H.Freeman and Co.
Jarvis, P. (2010). Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. Routledge.
Kolb, D. (1984). Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. Prentice Hall.
Situated learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External