What is the difference between teaching children in school and training adults on the job? It is a big question. Many speakers talk about this in day long seminars. Many professors spend days or even a full semester on it in college classes. Some will say that because it is a job, it is completely different. Some will say the age of those being trained makes a difference. Some say training is teaching there is no difference at all except the subjects being taught/trained.
Cognitive Scientists will tell you neural pathways in an adult are physically different from those of an infant or a child. This is primarily because they’ve had experiences to form those pathways. It can be harder to train an adult because these pathways are already established; it can be easier because they have an experience base to build on.
I believe for all ages and experience levels it is important for retention and behavior change to:
- Motivate Learners
- Fully Engage learners
- Give Learners opportunity to apply their learning
Since this is such a big topic I’ll put 2 questions out there this week.
- What else do you think is the same for all learners?
- What do you feel has to be done differently for more experienced learners?