Adults are characterized by maturity, self-confidence, solid decision-making.
All these traits affect their motivation to learn.
Characteristics of adult learners:
Autonomous and self-directed:
An adult learner prefers to be actively involved in their own learning, and in directing their own learning goals.
Bring life experiences and knowledge:
An adult leaner will have past experiences, and knowledge.
Students are motivated to learn when: they see the need to acquire knowledge to address any situation or problem.
An adult learner – will learn best when they can relate the learning task to their own goals.
Like to be respected – An adult learner will prefer to engage in a collaborative relationship.