Characteristics of Adult Learners


I am interested in supporting diversity in my classroom, so this article “Adult Learning Across Cultures” caught my eye. Tulloch points out that non-Western adult learners should be considered and understood better, as they differ from their Western counterparts in many ways.  These include characteristics such as an understanding that knowledge is communal and that valuable learning happens outside the classroom.  Although it’s important to avoid sweeping generalizations, the overview of adult learners and the discussion of differences between Western and non-Western adult learners can improve my teaching as I will ask my students about what learning looks like in their cultural context and include a range of assignment choices that take into account these differences.

Adult learning across cultures

Heinrich, J. et al. (2010). The weirdest people in the world. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 33, 61-135.


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