Engaging the adult learner: Creating effective library instruction

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Adult learners have unique developmental and social characteristics as compared to their traditional counterparts in higher education. Library instruction models used for traditional learners are not always effective when teaching adults. The author examines adult learner characteristics and adult learning theory and also uses personal professional experiences to suggest ways in which librarians can create more pedagogically effective and meaningful instruction. Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners serves as the model for this examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-481
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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