Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences: Using Art in Adult Education

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This presentation provides an overview on the value of using art and creativity in adult education and trainings programs In this training we will explore: - Key principals of adult learning theory - Primary learning styles - Value of using art in adult education and training

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  • 1. Using Art in Adult Education ***** CREATING MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES *****

2. This presentation provides an overview on the value of using art and creativity in adult education and trainings programs In this training we will explore: Key principals of adult learning theory Primary learning styles Value of using art in adult education and training INTRODUCTION 3. Adults are internally motivated and self-directed Serve as a guide and be flexible Adults bring existing knowledge and life experiences Respect ideas and encourage in dialogue Adults are goal oriented and problem solvers Apply to real life and make relevant ADULT LEARNING THEORY 4. Develop a welcoming environment for the training Set the space for ease of conversation among participants Establish respectful communication norms Make participants feel safe Use relevant material in the training Site real world examples and local items Include current data and/or documents Make the material meaningful Create opportunity to connect and reflect during the training Engage participants in small group activity Give participants time to consider the information Make it easy to be thoughtful and share knowledge Developing a welcoming and comfor table atmosphere, providing the right materials, and linking these materials to learners past and future experiences are critical in assisting adults to learn from their experiences (Merriam et al., p. 163). SET THE STAGE 5. 3 Primary Learning Styles - Design training to engage all ENGAGE YOU AUDIENCE Visual graphics, text and pictures Auditory lecture, read aloud, audio clips Kinesthetic hands-on activity, movement in the room 6. Use strategies that cross language and/or cultural boarders Engage all levels of knowledge Empower participants Build connections COMMUNITY BASED TRAINING 7. Through art community members can Express what cannot be conveyed in words Share cultural symbols, images and story Give vision to new ideas or perspectives Create opportunity for dialogue Imagination is a meaning-making activity in that we put together insights, images, symbols, and ideas in new ways so that new meaning is revealed (Merriam et al., p. 206). COMMUNICATING WITH ART 8. Art exists in all countries, all cultures, all communities Art highlights our similarities and details our differences Street dancer in India Kuna woman in Panama ART AS A BRIDGE 9. Process of Making Art Is Thoughtful and introspective Reflective Expressive Personal Active and expressive Involves mind and body Communicates emotions Physical and concrete CREATING IS POWERFUL 10. Art brings people together Art bring joy and pleasure Art make it easier to address a difficult subject ART BUILDS COMMUNITY 11. Art engages all three learning styles Visual Auditory Kinesthetic ART AS A TRAINING TOOL 12. Art gives adults opportunity to Be self-directed Use existing knowledge and life experiences Problem solve ART AND ADULTS 13. Adults are self-directed, problem solvers who want training to be meaningful and relevant Art allows adults to direct their activities and solve problems Adults learn visually, auditory and through hands-on experience Art engages all learning styles Community based training for adults must consider culture and help to build connections Art can be culturally relevant and help to build connections ART AND COMMUNITY BASED TRAINING 14. Merriam, S.B., Caffarella, R.s., & Baumgartner, L.M. (2007). Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide (3rd. Ed.) San Fancisco: Jossey- Bass Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning Styles. Retrieved July 13, 2013, from http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vakt.html REFERENCES