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EJEMPLO DE UNA “AGENDA DE AUTOAPRENDIZAJE”

I. Learning Activity One: Class Participation

My objectives:

1. To become more knowledgeable about contemporary issues in adult education; the controversial and philosophical aspects and current research on this field.

2. To actively listen to fellow students in class discussions and group activities and assess new information and perspectives in light of my previous learning.

3. To draw feedback from others in the class regarding issues, particularly during small group discussions.

4. To contribute and share observations and thoughts from my experience and from practice in the field of adult education with the goal of improving understanding for myself and for others.

5. To develop greater competence in knowledge and understanding of two or more issues, in particular, mandatory vs. voluntary adult education and in developing a code of ethics for the field of adult education.

6. To participate in course planning, implementation, and evaluation activities.

The resources and strategies I will use are:

1. 1. Read, research, compare, and contrast assigned readings in the assigned texts and in professional journals, news articles, and other texts.

2. Refine and use active listening and paraphrasing skills.

3. Ask other students for examples, opinions, theories, frames of reference that have become guiding principals in their lives.

4. Communicate openly and honestly and encourage the same from others. I will learn student's names, speak to each person in class at least once during the course, and promote candid sharing of opinions and experiences.

5. Learn and discuss theoretical findings. Drawing upon practice I will develop a list of factors in favor of and in opposition to the theories, thereby shedding light upon the existing controversies and opposing viewpoints.

The proof of accomplishing this activity will be:

1. Active participation, implementation and planning of activities in the classroom.

2. Completion of objectives using resources and strategies as set forth by me in this contract.

3. Receive and apply instructional and evaluative feedback from Dr. Hiemstra and class members.

Evaluation criteria and means of validation will be:

1.

Active participation and learning validated by Dr. Hiemstra and class members.

2. A comprehensive and well-developed class discussion.

My target date for completion will be:

1. Classes held on April 28, 29, May 5, 6, 19 and 20.

II. Learning Activity Two: Learning Contract Design

My objectives:

1. Diagnose my individual learning needs using the self -assessment form in the notebook.

2. Share my individual needs with Dr. Hiemstra and class members.

3. Develop greater competence and refine my practice in the field of adult education.

The resources and strategies I will use are:

1. Read assigned texts and develop paraphrases and key concepts to enhance my learning and understanding of material.

2. Ask for advice and guidance from Dr. Hiemstra.

3. Review my learning and teaching styles and assess where personal beliefs and attitudes hinder or promote sound practice.

The proof of accomplishing this activity will be:

1. Completion of objectives using resources and strategies as set forth by me in this contract.

2. Completion of learning contract on the required date.

3. Receive feedback from Dr. Hiemstra and other professionals.

Evaluation criteria and means of validation will be:

1. The learning contract will be concise, well thought and planned, comprehensive, and reviewed by Dr. Hiemstra.

2. Feedback will come from Dr. Hiemstra.

My target date for completion will be:

1. The second Friday of class, or May 5.

III. Learning Activity Three: Journal and Self-Assessment

My objectives:

1. To develop a better understanding of contemporary issues in adult education.

2. To improve my ability to self-assess and to critically reflect, with the goal of refining my thought process and practice as these pertain to issues in adult education.

3. To discover and explore my personal opinions, bias, judgements, and frames of reference that both support and undermine my personal belief statement.

4. To potentially capture the evidence of a self-directed change process so that I better understand the concept of transformational learning.

5. To deepen my ability to reflect upon academic experience, as well as the experience of class members, with the goal of creating a personal balance between theory and practice.

6. To assess personal teaching practices in the classroom.

7. To test my understanding and belief in critical reflection by the teacher and the learner as a development tool.

The resources and strategies I will use are:

1. Read the assigned texts as well as others and current articles and journals on the subject.

2. Share ideas and thoughts with other teachers, with Dr. Hiemstra, and with class members.

3. Reflect upon my learning style and personal background and history that influence my experiences as an adult learner.

4. Write a self-appraisal of my learning style and life situations that influence my learning episodes in adulthood. Discuss my opinions and experiences in the journal and share with class members and with Dr. Hiemstra.

5. Reflect on my practice as a facilitator and teacher and discuss with class members and with Dr. Hiemstra.

The proof of accomplishing this activity will be:

1. Completion of objectives, resources and strategies as set forth by me in this learning contract.

2. A brief self-appraisal will be clear, well thought, and comprehensive.

3. The journal will be clear, well-organized, comprehensive, and an open and honest personal reflection of myself as a learner and a teacher.

4. Receive feedback from Dr. Hiemstra.

My target date for completion will be: