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What are the Best Environments for Adult Growth and Development
We have all noticed that some adults cease to grow because they cease to learn. Recent studies, however, show that there are environmental factors in which learning can produce significant personal growth for adults.
The seven key factors found in learning programs that improve the learning environment and therefore stimulate adult development are:
FACTOR ONE: CREATING ENVIRONMENTS WHERE STUDENTS FEEL SUPPORTED
Create an environment where students feel supported. In a sales setting, the manager can either reinforce or hinder behavior changes. For this reason, managers need to be trained in how to support the learning.
FACTOR TWO: FOSTERING EXPERIMENTATION
Fostering experimentation and creativity in the classroom and in the field encourages change. In addition, when students have fun they learn fast and well.
FACTOR THREE: TREATING STUDENTS AS PEERS
Students should be treated as peers whose opinions are honored and appreciated. A manager can learn as much from students as students learn from the manager.
FACTOR FOUR: USING SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
Self-directed learning makes students take responsibility for their own learning and have the needed resources available to them.
FACTOR FIVE: MEASURING PRE-TRAINING SKILL LEVEL
Students should be challenged just beyond their present level of ability. Measuring their pre-training skill level is required. Advanced students are encouraged to share their knowledge with less advanced students.
FACTOR SIX: CREATING ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT
Create an active involvement in the learning through interaction, exercises, role-plays and games.
FACTOR SEVEN: INCLUDING FEEDBACK MECHANISMS
Include regular feedback mechanisms that tell management what has been learned and what is yet to be learned. Assessments, manager observations and student feedback are examples.
Optimal adult learning environments, where students learn best, included more examples of these seven key factors.