What we want you to understand: Linking the lives of adult learners to the field's research (2011)

Contextualizing the 2006 State of the Field Report: Barriers to Participation in Adult Learning

In 2006, a report entitled “Barriers to Participation in Adult Learning” was published as part of a series of reports about various aspects of adult learning. Based on a review of relevant literature, the authors classified the barriers as situational; institutional; attitudinal; academic; or pedagogical.

The authors of this document used the 2006 report as a springboard for discussing the challenges faced by some adult learners in Saskatoon, showing how the barriers manifest themselves in real-life situations.

For example, one of the learners is a woman who has health problems, which are a situational barrier for her. Another learner had to overcome her negative attitudes about her own abilities before she could become a confident adult learner.

The authors also discuss the need to overcome pedagogical barriers, noting that many instructors don’t understand the best strategies for supporting adult learners and don’t take into account learners’ prior knowledge and experience.

To read the 2006 “Barriers to Participation in Adult Learning,” please visit: http://library.copian.ca/item/6105.

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