Social Context of Adult Learning in 21st Century

There have been significant social changes such as globalization, technological innovations, knowledge age, and demographical changes during 21st century. These emerging social changes have influenced on adult learning. In this brief post, I will elaborate upon such changes and their impacts on adult learning. As previously mentioned on one of my postings, due to globalization education has become a marketed commodity in the market place. Furthermore, changes occurred in the business world require novel competencies from new graduates who compete jobs in 21st century labor market. As a result of technological innovation, information became easily available for learning activities. Similarly, almost all adult education programs use technology such as internet, social media, blogs, and various user friendly computer soft wares. Therefore, adult learners should have sufficient knowledge of using computers to engage in post-secondary education. Demographical changes led to create diverse adult learners at post-secondary institutes in North America and around the globe. These diverse adult learners consist of different age groups, cultural groups, and socioeconomic groups. Traditional teaching approaches that based on lecture style are not sufficient to address such changes in adult education sector. Based on adult learning theory, I would argue that student centered learning approach may be more appropriate to address the above issues related to adult learning.

 

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