This course offers a review of the five main philosophies of adult learning: Liberal, Progressive, Behaviorist, Humanist, and Radical. Each theory is explained and lesson plans based on these philosophies are used as examples to illustrate these theories in practice. Additionally, this course helps you identify your adult learning philosophy, which will help guide you as an instructor.
Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Instructor Training Certificate program. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for individual feedback from our expert course instructors.
This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.
Elements of the course:
- Informational text
- Interactive practice activities
- Learn More opportunities
- Supplemental reference materials
- Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
- Final assessment
After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
- Philosophies of Adult Learning
- Determining your Individual Beliefs about Adult Education
- Questioning Techniques
- Delivery Methods and Student Motivation
Be able to:
- Describe core ideas of five different philosophies of adult learning.
- Describe core ideas of five major/influential/important philosophies.
- Develop a personal philosophy about adult education.
The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. Again, we recommend that you take this course as part of the more comprehensive Instructor Training Certificate program.