Adult learning has historically referred to educational
opportunities outside the workplace, yet the same methods and
models used in adult learning should remain applicable inside
Workplace learning cant be complete without a segment that adheres
to adult learning principles. We cannot simply teach someone a
workplace requirement or methodthe adult learning model and methods
must coincide with the specific workplace learning situation.
If we attempt to teach an adult in the workplace, for instance,
then such learning should be reinforced with new learning.
Additionally, a workplace learning situation must be followed up
with a recognition of prior experiences that relates to what the
learner may already know.
While some might say workplace learning is more than on-the-job
training, we must examine those components necessary to coincide
adult learning with workplace learning.
The RRCSI model supplements traditional workplace
Relearning. After teaching a task
in the workplace, adult learning experts must then investigate
changes in the learners feelings about the task, their true
understanding, and how important they now perceive the task. So,
the adult learner must be put in learning situations that will ask
them to relearn what they found out in the
Readiness. Adult learning experts
must access the learners readiness to continue to grasp skills
related to the newly acquired aptitude and how she will be able to
progress into other related tasks. So, the adult learner must be
put in situations to determine his interest in further related work
Continuity. Instructors or
learning personnel must then provide the adult learner with
opportunities to recall and practice the behavior provided in the
workplace. The adult learner must be provided curriculum
instruction that asks him to recall the learned workplace tasks.
The key here is continuing opportunity for recall.
Sequence. Learners must build
upon the workplace instruction through a deeper content
involvement. In other words, the adult learner must be provided the
theory or reasons behind learning the workplace
Integration. Instructors or
learning personnel must emphasize horizontal connections among the
learners experiences. The adult learner must be provided
instruction that is organized to help them acquire a holistic view
of their learned workplace task. Its not just the task thats
important but the contribution the task makes to so many other
facets of the workplace or life.
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