Scaffolding maybe very hard to implement in large

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Unformatted text preview: cognitive learning skills. After working professionally for a long period of time, it maybe hard for these adult learners to adjust to new and unfamiliar concepts and ideas. With scaffolding, these adult learners have the opportunity to adapt to these new concepts with support but also the chance to fully understand these concepts themselves and hence be able to apply it back in the real world. This method of teaching is also met with critique. For example, the teachers must know when to remove themselves from the process. This must be done at the correct time in order to facilitate independent learning from the adult student. This is also challenging because all students learn at a different pace. Another critique stems from a benefit. Scaffolding is very individualized and therefore is extremely time consuming for the instructor. Scaffolding maybe very hard to implement in large classrooms. Primary Research I sat down with a professor who taught me last term but also teaches MBA’s coming back from work to ask her about the biggest critique and also something that’s working really well from her class. She told me one thing that was really appreciated by her students was that they get much less quantitative work (i.e. homework, quizzes, readings) and more qualitative work (one case presentation, one research paper, etc.). One major critique she has received was the dominant use of technology now required in class. Students companied that it was hard to get use to and navigate the online material given because no one actually showed them how to do it. Conclusion: As my primary and secondary research show, a basic 3 ­step formula can be articulated for teaching returning adult students: 1) Understand each learner’s situation and don’t bury the students in work. 2) Provide enough support to allow students to feel comfortable but also enough space for them to develop into independent learners. 3) Provide teaching through realistic situations that can be easily applied in the professional world Through these three steps, adult ed...
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This document was uploaded on 03/22/2014 for the course ADHE 327 at University of British Columbia.

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