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The Rossman
Adult Learning Inventory

There are two different versions of the Rossman Adult Learning Inventory, pencil and paper or computer based online. Each version has 44 questions and answers. To use the online version you must have Netscape Navigator 3.0 or newer or Internet Explorer 3.0 or newer. Click below to choose the version you wish to try.

Pencil and Paper | Computer Based Online

Directions: You can do this exercise on a piece of scrap paper or by printing the page out. The following list contains a series of general statements about characteristics of the adult learner (over 25 years of age). If you think the statement is true, put a T in the blank. If you think the statement is false, put an F in the blank. Please answer each question.

____ 1. Adult learners should be encouraged to relate new or different concepts to their existing experience.

____ 2. Adult learners are often issue (or problem) centered rather than subject centered.

____ 3. It is difficult for an adult to do a familiar task in an unfamiliar way.

____ 4. Adult learners usually want educational experiences that relate to job/life situations.

____ 5. Most adult learning occurs outside formal education institutions.

____ 6. An adult's experience may interfere with the learning process.

____ 7. Adult learners should not be involved in formulating their learning objectives.

____ 8. Adult learners desire minimum time expenditures to complete their educational objectives.

____ 9. Adults and children have the same orientation to learning.

____ 10. There is very little diversity in groups of adult learners.

____ 11. Adult students should not be allowed to set their own learning pace.

____ 12. The pattern of mental abilities does not change with age.

____ 13. Performance of adults on tests measuring vocabulary and general information improves with age.

____ 14. Compared to youth, adults usually require a longer time to perform learning tasks.

____ 15. Age influences the speed of learning.

____ 16. Age in itself does little to affect an individual's power to learn.

____ 17. Adult learning is influenced by the amount of previous formal education.

____ 18. Scores on tests measuring dexterity show no decline with age.

____ 19. Motivation of the adult taking a test is not a major factor in performance.

____ 20. Recency of participation in an educational activity improves an adult's educational performance.

____ 21. All adult students have the same learning style.

____ 22. Adult students often lack necessary study skills.

____ 23. Maximum auditory acuity is attained by about fifteen years of age.

____ 24. The inability to hear can produce emotional disturbances such as depression, anxiety, and frustration.

____ 25. Visual acuity attains its maximum at about eighteen years of age.

____ 26. For normal learning tasks an adult of age thirty requires 120 watts of illumination, whereas by age fifty, 180 watts are required.

____ 27. With advancing age the lens loses it elasticity and cannot focus readily.

____ 28. In the aging process there is a loss of auditory acuity on the high tones.

____ 29. Speed of reaction time tends to decline with age.

____ 30. As we age, we slow in our reaction to auditory stimuli.

____ 31. A major change in distance acuity occurs between ages fifty and sixty.

____ 32. Physical strength peaks between ages twenty-five and thirty.

____ 33. Learning performance declines with age.

____ 34. Frequently the fear of aging is more harmful than the aging process itself.

____ 35. Adults, even more than children, are sensitive to failure in their learning situation.

____ 36. Most adults enter a learning situation with a high readiness to learn.

____ 37. Adults rarely hold the opinion that they are unable to learn.

____ 38. Once the adult has formed a perception of a stimulus, it is difficult to change that perception.

____ 39. The concept of developmental tasks provides a way of identifying the educational needs of adults.

____ 40. Emotional association with words or events does not affect the adult in gaining new knowledge.

____ 41. A phenomenon of the adult years is the universal experience that time seems to pass more quickly as one ages.

____ 42. Adulthood is not a developmental period in itself.

____ 43. The adult has a less realistic attitude toward time than youth.

____ 44. In the adult learning process, external motivation is usually more effective than internal motivation.


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