• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

As teachers and providers of education, it is of great importance that we are aware of the theories of human development; understand learning styles, the learner and their individual differences and motivation.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

My Philosophy to Adult Education Part A As teachers and providers of education, it is of great importance that we are aware of the theories of human development; understand learning styles, the learner and their individual differences and motivation. We need to examine what these theories/ideas mean to us as teachers, and the implications it has on the student as we practice these ideas as educators. Focusing on selected learning theories and implementing teaching strategies to suit the individual's needs will often increase the learner's ability to learn, but we need to be aware of our own philosophies of adult education and how it affects us as adult educators. After completing the 'Philosophy of adult education inventory chart', I became aware of my own orientation towards adult education which is Progressive Adult Education (79 points) closely followed by Liberal Adult Education (78 points). The results of this inventory do not surprise me considering the type of subjects and students I teach, and the way I learnt myself. Part A and B (answered both parts together) Zinn's philosophy of adult education Inventory (PAEI) is based on five philosophical tenets. It is an assessment tool developed to help educators identify their personal philosophy. ...read more.

Middle

This provides me with the definition of the parameters of the course content, the ability to develop challengers for those with certain mastery of the subject, and the ability to create an environment for those who need to develop initial understandings and skills related to learning the subject. It provides learners with opportunities which coincide with their given situation and level of competency within their subject and their individual starting point. Having the opportunity to teach in various locations around the Broken Hill district I have experienced many variations in the study of human development and their standards of education. I use a variety of strategies in delivering education while teaching in places such as Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Menindee, and the outlying stations, where unemployment is high and self esteem low. Teaching many people with different cultures, religions, ages and genders in places of education such as schools, corrective service centre and technical colleges has had a major influence on my philosophy towards Progressive Adult Education. These students know that the teacher clearly directs the learning process (traditional); but the purpose, methods, and concepts have all been taught using the progressive adult philosophy. Students in these groups do not respond well when direct orders are given. ...read more.

Conclusion

As an educator, I believe that my place in the education system is to help students in their own individual development to help them develop knowledge of how to work with their own great inner capacity and to assist them in realizing their own personal potential. The Philosophy of Adult Education Inventory (PAEI) is a very good guide to methods used when teaching adults. It allows us to recognise and categorize our students into the different philosophy groups. By doing this we are realizing the student's potential. This helps the educators because it gives us insight into how each student is best taught. This also lets us be the best teachers that we can be, allowing students to reach their full potential, regardless of age. Reference List McKenzie, L. (1985). Philosophical orientations of adult educators. Lifelong learning: An omnibus of practice and research, 9 (1), 18-20 Wingenbach, G. J. (1996, May). The philosophy of adult education inventory (PAEI) revisited. In W Camp (Chair) Proceedings of the Eastern Region Agricultural Education Research Conference, 50, 67-74. Zinn, L. (1990) Identifying your philosophical orientation, and Philosophy of adult education inventory. Zinn, L. (1983) Zinns Philosophical Tenets Practiced by Adult Educators Electronic version http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agexed/aee521/class09/boone.html Retrieved 12th June, 2005. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Teaching section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Teaching essays

  1. The historical development of education.

    Another branch of the conflict theory is "Cultural reproduction and resistance theories". This theory looks at the how dominant groups shape and form people for their own gain; in the 1960's for example this would have been done through family and schools.

  2. Montessori Philosophy and Theory

    Example; from birth to about age 4, a child takes in information about the world through his sense. "it is exactly in the repetition of the exercises that the education of the sense consist: the aims of the exercises is not that the child shall know colours, forms and the

  1. Explain how the history of education has been a process of continual change. You ...

    Students who were more knowledgeable and experienced, than their peers became mentors; this is known as the monitorial system (Bartlett, S and Burton, D. 2007: 61). This system enabled a large scale of students to learn with one teacher, this was largely due to the fact that many of the

  2. Counselling Skills Theories and Their Uses within Education.

    Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy The founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT1) was Albert Ellis who was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1913. He became discontented with the normal techniques he used within his counselling and remembered that he had helped himself by the reading of Roman and Greek Stoic

  1. Learning Theories - The theories of learning through the models behaviourally, cognitively and humanistically ...

    It is important that the student also be willing to change their behaviour in order to learn behaviourally. When planning a lesson based on the principles of the Cognitive Theory of Learning, the teacher should consider the child's age. This theory assumes that as a child grows, they become capable of more sophisticated thought.

  2. Scheme of Work and Theories of Learning

    It is an understanding of knowledge and an analysis of new ideas. Surface learning might be used to memorise answers for an exam. Deep learning is far more beneficial to the learner as it is likely to be remembered for a long time.

  1. Children learn in a variety of ways. Why are some more successful as learners ...

    We are unaware of sample sizes, and therefore this asks the question if the sample size was sufficient and if it was randomly selected taking into account different types of catchment areas, as a different socio-cultural/economical background may produce quite significantly different results.

  2. Schools as Organisations. Summarise entitlement and provision for early years education.

    In order for school to assist with this they must make improvements in failings across different ethnic groups and unauthorised absences that are unacceptable. Contribute: Children and young people need to be involved in their community rather than involve themselves in anti-social behaviour.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work