There are a wide array of learning theories for the serious student of adult learning and teaching; andragogy, behaviorism, cognitivism, and social learning to name a few. But what do these theories boil down to in a practical sense when you are teaching grown-ups. Here is a quick list of things you should know about how people learn.
Quick Training Tips
Learning the Lingo
Many organizations have their own terms or lingo that
volunteers must learn to perform effectively. Here is an interactive
and funny way to test the lingo quotient of new volunteers.
This activity brings laughter (there is a correlation between laughter and learning), the right definition, and the opportunity to review the needed terminology.
October 9-12, 2002 - International Conference on Volunteer Administration, Denver, CO, Adams Mark Hotel, sponsored by the Association for Volunteer Administration.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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