Reflecting to Learn
April 24 2013
Stop, process, rearrange, configure and concur are all part of the process in
Adult Learning. As adults we filter through our memory bank to perform checks and
balances on new information to see if it lines up with our experiences. As we take a
look at articles written by Sharan B Merriam, and Victor Wang we will evaluate the
methods and theories for Adult Learning.
Reflecting on Sharan Merriams article, “Adult Learning for the Twenty-First
Century”. She advances the idea of understanding the movement in promoting
reflection and open dialogue. She is bringing her ideas from the standpoint of a
teacher, referring better as a facilitator. Sharan quotes, “Adult learning is a complex
phenomenon that can never be reduced to a single, simple explanation. (Sharan
Merriam p. 94). The idea of taking in bits of information and labeling it as
knowledge. As she glances at the learning theories, the realization of studies point
to the same thing. The possibilities are endless if we choose to expand our vision.
Understanding learning theories can help implement effective strategies. In
the article ”Understanding and Promoting Learning Theories” written by Victor
Wang, he suggest ,”It is likely that there is no one best way of promoting learning”.
(Victor Wang 2012). Knowledge creation has been added as a higher level of
thinking, producing analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Every theory that is studied
must be executed through evaluation of a learner. Behind each theory is a guide to
Both articles bring the same ideas to the table. Facilitating adults is at the
heart of the studies. The theories bring a story to give meaning to our experiences.
What we believe to be true comes from our intake.
In conclusion, we can understand that Adult learning will always be
evolving into new ideas and information to help create an atmosphere for learning.
As the culture progresses the evolution of learning will continue.
Starting to enhance my learning through college classes brings me to the
point of understanding how I will learn differently as an adult. The information that
I will be possessing should begin to filter through my experiences that life has
brought on. Reading about the different theories and how they have been studied
has peaked my interest. As I understand these theories it will help me to process
knowledge and apply it to my own studies.
Reading the article written by Sharan Merriam has reminded me that it is
important to know as much information about the subject of study as possible. In
order to create an atmosphere of knowledge we must understand the levels of
learning. Every day as an adult we are processing our experiences to apply wisdom.
Every new movement we encounter we need to evaluate and process for continual
While reading Victor Wang’s article titled “ Understanding and Promoting
Learning Theories” I was reminded that our experiences should lead us to utilize all
of our talents. As a Christian I believe that God has equipped us with His word to
receive perfect knowledge, which translates into wisdom. The word of God provides
us with a perfect plumb line to measure the materials truth.
While both articles are focused on Adult Learning, I feel they both bring a
different dynamic. Adult Learning is ever evolving and being studied to keep current
with the times. Marriam suggest, “the mind takes in facts and information
converting it all to knowledge, which could be observed as subsequent behavior
change.” In my opinion, if new theories are changing the behavior of an adult learner
the process of adapting theories to learning will be ever changing. The scripture
that comes to mind is Ecclesiastes 1:9,”...
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