|Principles of adult tertiary education|
|Learning, teaching and adult learners||Objectives | Learning and teaching | Adult learners | Teaching strategies for adult learners | Summary|
Malcolm Knowles, in the 1970s, first identified six characteristics of adult learners. He described them as autonomous, self-directed, goal oriented, and practical with an accumulated life experience. Adult learners need to be able to understand the relevancy of what they are learning and be shown respect. An awareness of how adults learn and acknowledgement of the skills and knowledge they bring will be beneficial to your tertiary teaching context.