A look at the “invisible student population” of adult learners: Editorial


Adult learners pose “almost infinite potential” for enrolment, assert Suzanne Buglione and Felice Billups of the US-based Johnson & Wales University, but they tend to be an invisible student population. Buglione and Billups provide a broad look at the demographics of adult learners before discussing the needs and wants of today’s adult learners. In particular, the authors note that adult learners tend to want co-constructed learning where they are involved in the planning and evaluation and strongly benefit from active learning strategies and problem-centered learning systems. They are also interested in programs with relevant and applicable content that can be “actioned” in their lives and work.

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