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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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