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When adults can connect and communicate with authentic audiences about their interests and values, learning becomes more personally meaningful and relevant. Adults can develop their voices and arguments as they express their views on topics they are passionate about. Giving learners the space and agency to share their stories also conveys the importance of their contribution to the broader society and deepens their Motivation.
Use It In Your Learning Environment
Adult learners must see the benefit of their learning tasks to truly engage. Working with learners to identify topics, tasks, and purposes that are relevant and appealing to them can help generate ideas for their writing. Designing opportunities that allow learners a choice to explore their interests, connect material to their prior experiences, and write about personally relevant causes develops their Composition and Disciplinary Literacy.
Adult learners can also take advantage of informal learning opportunities in the workplace to complete authentic job-related tasks. Learners should practice different kinds of writing, including communicating effectively with their audience through descriptive and informative writing, sharing their sentiments in narrative forms, taking a position on an issue, or presenting a solution through persuasive and analytical writing. Apps and websites can serve as platforms for learners to connect with a wider, global audience through blogs and other formats, thereby supporting digital Social Awareness & Relationship Skills and interaction with others who are passionate about similar topics.
Instruction and training presented in multiple formats allows learners to activate different cognitive skills and Background Knowledge that are necessary to remember procedural and content information.
When instructors ask questions or have learners create questions before introducing a text, they activate interest, increase Motivation, and help them assess what they already know about a given topic.
When instructors are able to provide context, and connect math concepts to an adult learner's world, math can be seen as relevant and applicable to their daily lives and work- a core aspect of adult Numeracy.
Learning and studying information across multiple sessions that are spaced, or distributed in time, can promote learning and long-term retention of both basic and conceptually complex facts and concepts.