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How to Create a Good Learning Environment—Training Basics by Cat Sharpe

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Chapter . Adult Learners

The dynamics of a learning environment involve a wide range of training and learning styles; instructional methods and techniques for different kinds of learners; motivations of both learners and trainers; and the personal, intellectual, and job-related needs of learners. Following are several generalizations about adult learning that can help guide you when developing programs:

Adults Are Motivated to Learn

Adults' motives to learn play a major role in determining learning outcomes. The degree and quality of their participation in learning activities depend on whether their expectations are being met by the program. If there are obvious shortcomings at the beginning, the adult will quickly withdraw from the program. Motivation ...

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