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This guide has been prepared as an aid to the trainer/facilitator of adult education. Section I addresses some of the more common myths concerning adult learners, particularly the 50-plus age group. Section II describes the to-be 50-64 age group population, based on literature searches. Section III identifies learners do or do not participate in adult education. Section IV suggests tips for the classroom regarding the adult learner. Section V suggests facility needs that may have an impact on this learner. Section VI relays some concerns regarding this population in the future. Section VII views some best practices of adult learning in action in Florida and beyond. In this section are descriptions of 6 educational programs in Florida and 34 abstracts and annotations that were identified in an ERIC microfiche search of current literature on older persons and adult education and related programs. Section VIII suggests 41 bibliographic references for the facilitator to consider and includes a directory of resources for older persons that lists 34 national organizations and 8 federal agencies. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Adults, Class Organization, Classroom Design, Individual Characteristics, Middle Aged Adults, Participation, Program Descriptions

Author: Bryan, Valerie C.


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