Adult learning problems and what to do about it

One of the most prevalent adult learning problems is that of fear of failure. People fear the unknown and for many adults it will be their first encounter with formal education. Others fear the classroom setup and humiliation that may go with it because of their previous learning experiences. Others fear failure. They have failed … Read more

ABET Learnerships Expand Opportunities

Many industrial nations struggle with “school-to-work transition” issues: graduates of their traditional educational systems have neither skills nor values immediately applicable in the workplace. In South Africa, however, industry leaders and educators have collaborated for more than twenty years, developing a sophisticated system that promotes students’ learning for work. In South African industries, the notion … Read more

Adult Basic Education

The success of all adult basic education depends, first, on instructors’ respect for students’ dignity. Disadvantaged students, who risk enrollment in adult basic education, often associate classrooms with intimidation, alienation, and humiliation. Adult basic education instructors must help their students feel safe, because learning involves risk, mistakes, trial and error, and constant practice—none of which … Read more

Sotho Adult Classes

Children and adolescents learn language almost as easily as they learn to walk. Their rapidly developing little brains absorb words and concepts like sponges. However, adults experience considerably more difficulty learning a second or third language because they have trouble thinking and composing in their “other” language; they typically must translate before they speak or … Read more