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Here are two suggestions for an adult learners training (ours is a 90-minute session).
 
1.  Have a representative from the non-trad office come to the training to talk briefly about the characteristics of the returning adults at your institution, including any special services that the office provides for adult learners.  If you do not have an office or program specific for non-traditional students, someone from your Admissions office who recruits that population might be able to provide some insights in those students' challenges and goals.
 
2.  Use Parker Palmer's The Courage to Teach, especially chapters 2-4.   (I look for ways to use Palmer because I find his work very inspiring.)  His ideas about fear and challenge and change, about thinking and truth and paradox, and about relativism and knowing are concepts that adults -- even with their practical instincts and path-to-graduation focus -- can respond to.  So for me, helping the tutors gain a larger, more sophisticated view of what it is to teach/tutor/educate makes them better tutors, more patient and understanding.  Plus there's nothing like the 'standing in the tragic gap' Palmer podcast to help tutors think about the importance of their roles and generate greater patience for different learners.

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From: Kathryn Van Wagoner <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, July 12, 2010 5:09 pm
Subject: adult learners
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> To those who train tutors in a CRLA certified training program:
> 
> One of the recommend training topics in CRLA is Adult 
> Learners.  I would like some ideas on the kind of 
> information and training activities you use for this topic.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> 
> Kathryn Van Wagoner
> Utah Valley University
> Math Lab Manager
> 801-863-8411
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