Establishing Learning Goals and Exploring Motivations
Learners Edge, founded by teachers for teachers, is passionately committed to providing fellow educators with continuing education coursework, materials, and tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and in their careers. With that, Learners Edge has completed a meta-analysis of research on adult learning theories, line education trends, and professional development best practice. This allowed for the creation of the Learners Edge Professional Learning Model.
The model includes five elements to ensure adult learners experience quality personal and professional development and carry new knowledge into their classrooms. This will ultimately have positive impacts on their students. The components are as follows:
- Intention: Establish learning goals and explore motivations
- Awareness: Analyze prior knowledge and experiences related to the topic
- Investigation: Examine relevant, research-based resources to build personal and professional connections to the topic
- Application: Apply new learning through practical design, implementation, and collaboration
- Reflection: Consider the impact of new learning to influence and transform future professional practice
While these elements are specific to Learners Edge professional learning, the same steps can be used to improve any adult professional learning opportunities and increase positive outcomes. This blog series will discuss the five components of the model specific to professional learning for teachers. Let’s start by digging into the first component, intention.