Working with adult learners requires a unique approach. In order to have a significant impact on teachers’ practice, you must include principles of adult learning into your coaching or leadership approach. Understanding adult learning theory helps you prepare for the complexity and challenges of working with adult learners. Malcom Knowles identified several principles of adult learning that can be embedded into your mentorship interactions and practices.
Guidance on ways to support adult learning principles through your interactions and the environment are embedded throughout the Virtual Lab School. The figure below also connects specific lessons, activities, and resources within the VLS to each of the key adult learning principles.