Adult Learners and Traditional Learners: Contrasting Experiences

By Peter T. DiPaolo, Grace Klinefelter and Tom Griffin.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This article discusses differences between adult learners and traditional learners and adjustments that educators need to consider in order to meet the varying needs and expectations of this growing student population. Pros and cons of e-learning for adult learners are addressed including how instructors can structure their delivery styles and teaching philosophies to accommodate the needs and expectations of adult learners. Various teaching methods and instructional design strategies are discussed and evaluated relative to their impact on the success of adult learners.

Keywords: Adult Learners

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.45-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 528.877KB).

Dr. Peter T. DiPaolo

Assistant Professor, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business, Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, Fl, USA

Dr DiPaolo has extensive experience and education in both corporate and educational faculty positions that demanded leadership ability, analytical and interpersonal skills, financial skills, presentation skills, and comprehensive decision making. Also, extensive experience at the senior engineering and management levels in high technology research and product development and a unique combination of behavioral and quantitative skills, reinforced by an advanced education in business management, has led to a proven record of bringing successful products to the marketplace, the development of several strategic business plans, and the ability to become an effective educator and mentor.

Dr. Grace Klinefelter

Dean, Argosy University, Alexandra, VA, USA

Dr. Klinefelter is currently Dean of Master’s and Doctorate programs at Argosy University, Washington, DC. She earned her DBA from Nova Southeastern University and also holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a graduate certificate in Human Performance Improvement from Capella University. She has several years experience in university administration and has developed and taught a number of courses in undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online in such areas as management, organizational behavior and ethics.

Dr. Tom Griffin

Professor of Decision Sciences, H. Wayne Huizenga School of business, Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, Fl, USA

Dr Griffin is a Professor of Decision Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He has held numerous academic leadership positions including academic dean. He has extensive manufacturing management background and held positions as VP of Corporate Quality System and President. He has published in Quality Management Journal, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Managerial Issues, etc.

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