Jewish Education is NOT Just For Kids: Exploring the Adult Learner

(GRADES: Adults)
Although lifelong learning is ingrained in Jewish tradition, it was only towards the end of the twentieth century that scholars began to study the adult learner and articulate best practices in adult education. In this course, we will examine early 21st century adult learners, exploring developmental stages and generational characteristics that impact learning in adulthood, adult education theories, and specific religious and Jewish education characteristics that should inform our design of adult education courses and programs. We will conclude with a conversation on preparing to teach in adult Jewish settings.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the developmental stages and generational characteristics of the adult learner
  • Plan and facilitate more effective adult learning opportunities for different learning environments (eg. synagogues, JCCs, Federations)
  • Design and implement an assessment tool to determine if a specific instructor “has what it takes” to teach adults

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Semester Information: 
Summer A: June 1