How To Teach Adults
William A. Draves
The now classic volume is currently in its
second edition. Familiar on the shelves of many teachers of adult
learners, the new volume adds sections on the Learning Environment and
on Learning in the Twenty-First Century.
Any teacher of adults becomes aware that adults learn differently than
traditional students and they have different needs, desires, and
expectations. They tend to be more goal oriented, having limited
tolerance for activities that they don’t see as relevant. They have
other demands on their lives and, thus, time and attention become
juggling acts for them. And, they want their work to be obviously
meaningful to them. These differences are a challenge to the classroom
teacher who teaches in a more traditional setting.
How do you accommodate these learners? Draves grounds adult learning
first in the characteristics that differentiate adults from other
learners and then shows how these differences can be addressed within a
classroom without the need for a complete overhaul of a course. Use this
book to help your adult learners and to appreciate the wealth of
knowledge they bring to the setting.
they're saying about...
If you want to teach adults successfully and
enjoyably, this is the book to have at hand.
— Ron Gross, author of The Lifelong Learner
A marvelously comprehensive and practical
guide to teaching adults. Useful for frequent reference.
— Allen Tough, author of The Adult’s Learning Projects
A down to earth book dealing with reality.
There are many specifics that will be helpful to the experienced
practitioner as well as to the beginner.
— Leonard Nadler, author of Developing Human Resources
A book which is useful to all adult
education teachers — beginning and experienced. Draves writes in a very
readable style with jargon-free language.
— Donald W. Mocker, in The Adult Learning Review of Books