Adult Education Principles for Library Workplace Trainers: Introduction

Presented by: Pat Wagner

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Program Number: LI 240

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A captive audience for your classes in and for your library does not guarantee success. Engaging participants with adult education principles fosters better acceptance, retention, and application of ideas and methods. Learn the benefits of letting participants contribute to the content before and during the formal class. Even participants who know nothing about the topic still have workplace experiences that can shape a shared understanding for the information.


  • Introduction: What Are The Qualities Of A Master Teacher?
  • The Key Idea: Put Yourself In The Students’ Shoes.
  • Practical Principles
  • The Gold Standard Of Adult Education
  • Introduction To Learning Preferences
  • Tips From Experienced Educators
  • Mistakes We All Make


  • Inspire learners to feel competent and confident.
  • Apply learning preferences to increase your options and to empower students.
  • Evaluate based on the Gold Standard: Engage and inspire, retain, and apply.

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