The focus of this class is the training of adult learners. Adult learners are typically defined as learners over the age of 25. Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. The practice is also referred to as Training and Development and is often associated with workforce or professional development.
Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways. One of the most important differences is adults have accumulated knowledge, work experience, or military service that can add to the learning experience. Another difference is most adult education is voluntary; therefore, the participants are generally better motivated.
Adults frequently apply their knowledge in a practical fashion to learn effectively. They must have a reasonable expectation the knowledge recently gained will help them further their goals.