Successful knowledge management requires a paradigm shift in learning at the corporate level. Training adults to utilize information requires a very different approach from the familiar learning model used in most public education institutions. Understanding how to make this shift can make the difference between success and failure for your company. In this article you will learn how to successfully train adults.
Public schools use a learning model known as pedagogy. Pedagogy comes from the Greek and literally translates into “lead a child.” Most public schools have a teacher who leads the class lessons. Students passively sit in a room while the instructor provides them with the lessons necessary for learning mastery. Although this form of learning does not work well for adults, many companies focus upon this method of teaching and disseminating information. Fortunately, there is an adult learning style called andragogy, that can help increase your bottom line.
Andragogy is recognized as the learning style that works best for adults. There are typically six components associated with this type of learning.
- Adult learners need to understanding why something needs to be learned
- Adults require experience to be the lynch pin in their learning
- Empower your adult learners with the responsibility for the decisions they make in learning by involving them in the planning and the measurement of their learning.
- Relevance is essential for adults. Information has to impact their work and personal lives in a timely way for learning to be successful.
- Focus your learning on solving problems rather than on providing content. Adults learn best by solving problems.
- Finally, adult learners are more responsive to personal motivation than external motivation.
Make certain that your corporate culture does not simply teach at your learners, but instead involves them in the adult learning model to maximize their success.