We know that adults learn when instructional content matches their needs or goals, interests, or experiences. I’ll even add their cultural learning preferences to that equation.
In the past, teaching academic skills out of context was what teachers did. That’s how they were taught. Teach adults to read by analyzing passages, finding main ideas, underlining prefixes and suffixes, and answering questions about the content. Nothing wrong with that except that those skills were taught unrelated to life contexts. Now we know better. The process we have learned to implement is called contextualization by some or integration by others. For purposes of our discussion here, we’ll call the process “integration.”
In this discussion, members of three Communities of Practice will collaborate to in integrate academic and other skills into occupational training designed to prepare CNAs to succeed in workplace training: Reading and Writing, Science, and Professional Development CoPs.
When we integrate students and their interests or goals, needs, or experiences into instruction, we target the content itself on behalf of students.Then we have them practice academic skills that are embedded or natural to that content. Occupationally speaking, that might mean teaching future CNA’s, for example, to take someone’s blood pressure and then helping them practice only the reading, writing, and math skills that are naturally relevant to that context. The latter is what you are invited to do in this discussion.
Please visit the basic-training content posted for future CNAs to help them learn about blood pressure at.....
Then return here. You are invited and encouraged to post additional activities to that training that will help students reinforce academic and other skills in context. You may also want to add activities that appeal to learning-disabled students or those with lower academic levels, or that differentiate instruction through technology, or that add other relevant skills to the occupational plan. Let’s start working and learning more together! When this project is completed, we’ll propose to post it with attribution to all individual contributors as OER at OERCommons.org.
To participate, simply add a comment or reply to others, posting an activity or commenting what they have contributed.
Leecy Wise, Moderator, Reading and Writing CoP
Kathy Tracey, Moderator, Science and Professional Development CoPs