PDT100 - Basics in Adult Education

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Subject Title
Basics in Adult Education

Subject Description
This module introduces the participant to the characteristics and needs of the adult learner. Various learning styles and profiles are examined as well as the realities of the learner, community and society in today's rapidly changing world. Creating a positive and inviting learning climate is both discussed and experienced.

Credit Status
This subject is a credit towards the Excellence in Educating Adults Recognition of Achievement program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate use and application of adult learning principles and practices to ensure learner needs are met.

2. Provide self-directed learning opportunities to encourage and promote independence and critical thinking skills.

3. Conduct learning activities to address different adult learning styles.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
(For online delivery mode see below)

1.  Andragogy - The Basic Tenets
2.  Learning to Learn - A Core Competency for the Present and Future
3.  Learning Styles - The Need for a Variety of Approaches
4.  Informally Assessing Learner Needs and Setting the Social, Psychological and Physical Climate

Mode of Instruction
Modes of Instruction
In Class
1.  A six hour workshop.
2.  Discussions, group discussions, and skills application.
3.  Assigned readings.
4.  A written post-module assignment.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
1.  How to Teach Adults, by William A. Draves, 1984, Learning Resources Network, Manhattan, Kansas.

2.  Learning Style Inventory Version 3, Hay/McBer Training Resources Group, Boston, MA. 1997.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

The assignment is to be completed within 2 weeks following the module.  Details to be provided in class.

Approved by: Sandra Noble