Benefits and Challenges of Adult Education Philosophies
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Department of Workforce Education and Development
Training after acquiring a position in the national workforce can be a great proponent to success of individuals and the organization. In order to stay competitive in today’s trade market, companies and people who work for them need to remain vigilant in all aspects of trade important to their survival. Continual training and development in these areas give companies a higher probability of success. But, what training is going to be the most beneficial to you and your company? There are five different philosophies on workforce education we are going to discuss the pro and cons of each.
The first philosophy is the liberal approach. This approach allows students to free themselves from past experience. They are able to prepare themselves for diversity and change. It teaches them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The negatives of the liberal approach are not everyone is critical thinkers and problem solver and there opinions can be swayed by others easily.
The Humanistic philosophy concentrates on people’s natural desire to learn. This approach allows the educator to become a facilitator in the learning process. This approach will be most effective if it is something the student wants or needs to know. Students will also be able to relate past experiences with this approach. If there isn’t mutual respect between the students and teacher this method will probably fail.
The Behaviorists philosophy is based on responses to situations which are followed by something awarding that will strengthen and become habitual responses to that situation. Behavior theorists define learning as nothing more than the acquisition of new behavior. One of the main disadvantages of the approach is the time constraint. Since this approach is base on repetitive reinforcement it may take a...
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