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Who are Adult Learners?
Barriers to Learning
Motivation / Self-directed Learning
Cognition / Sensation & Perception
Intelligence / Creativity
Theory/ Adult Learning / Androgogy
Linguistics / Metaphor
Oral Histories PhotoStory
Physical Development; Cognition; and Sensation/Perception
Debbie and I will focus our presentation on several important aspects of learning and cogntion. We will begin our presentation with a
concerning characteristics of adult learners and how transitions impact cognition. We will then discuss articles dealing with adult learners' stress and cognition and learning over the course of the life span.
Cognition, coming from the Latin cognoscere, means " to know". In the past fifteen years, there has been a great deal of attention paid to the complex mystery of cognition and learning. Cognition involves our knowing, perceiving, and sensing. Cognition also involves our reasoning and judgement, since we don't actually process everything that we see, hear, touch, or sense.
Hoyer, Rybash, & Roodin (1999) note that the encapsulation model of adult cognitive development consists of our processing, knowing, and thinking.
deals with the way individuals encode, retrieve, and store pieces of information.
involves how our processing and problem-solving is aided by our knowledge.
refers to our perception of the knowledge that we have acquired throughout our development.
The process of encapsulation impacts the adult forms of knowing and thinking. As we age, we differentiate information and encapsulate it in specific domains, where it becomes assessable and usable. " Mental capacities appear to decline with age when assessed as general abilities but show minimal age-related decline when assessed within encapsulated domains" (Hoyer, Rybash, & Roodin, 1999, p. 356).
1. Cognition Theory (reference to main Wiki page)
2. Adult Aging and Cognition PowerPoint/Aging video/Transitions activity
3. Debbie's article discussions and PowerPoint presentations
4. Gloria's article discussion and group activity
5. Longevity quiz
Preparations for our discussion on Adult Cognition:
Please click on the
link and print the first 2 articles listed under that page - these are the articles that Gloria will discuss. The "Transitions" article will be discussed in the PowerPoint; the "Life Span" article will be discussed as a group.
Debbie will present an overview of two articles: "Intraindividual Coupling of Daily Stress and Cognition" and "Exercise, Experience,and the Aging Brain". These articles are located on the
All other remaining articles listed on the pages are for you to read when and if you have the time, desire, or commitment to do so.
Links to current articles:
sensation and perception
in adult learners
Websites with helpful information concerning adult learners
Books on Cognition and Aging
help on how to format text
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