This practical guide to managing behaviour in Further and Adult Education is for all those training to teach in the sector. The third edition includes new chapters on 14-19 learners and behaviour theory and continues to offer practical ideas on how to manage and motivate students. It takes account of the variety of contexts in the sector and makes reference to important research findings and studies of learner behaviour. Based firmly on what teachers and students have to say about their experiences, it uses case studies, dialogue and journal extracts to explore key issues, and help teachers develop their practice.

Adult Behaviour

Adult Behaviour

Adult behaviour
Thomas A. Harris
Thomas A. Harris2012

The Objectives of this Chapter

This chapter looks at the needs and characteristics of adult learners in FE and discusses what these require of the teacher in terms of planning and supporting learning and of establishing positive classroom relationships. It also explores the contribution adult learners can make to the learning experience by sharing their own knowledge, skills and ideas; and stresses the need for the teacher to acknowledge these attributes and life experiences.


So far in this book we've met a number of adult learners and discussed the challenges and opportunities they present to the teachers who are working with them. There was Tony whom we encountered in Chapter 3, who felt that his existing abilities and accomplishments ...

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