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University of Wyoming

Change and Learning


As we discussed last week, change may indeed be the only constant in our lives. The demographics we looked at indicated that those changes will continue for us and may even accelerate in our lives.

Adult educators believe that those changes serve as the greatest impetus for learning in adults. In this session we will try to discover what research and our own experience contribute to our knowledge in this area.

Adults are subjected to stress from these changes too. The next section of the unit is a look at how health professionals calculate some personal change. See how you rate yourself.

"Who are you?" said the Caterpillar. . . . "I-I hardly know Sir, just at present," Alice replied rather shyly, "at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

This session will provide resources for study, promote discussion and encourage reflection about why adults do or do not participate in learning activities. What barriers hinder their participation, and what transitions may trigger or promote learning?