Sustainable Agriculture Through Sustainable Learning

An Educator's Guide to Best Practices for Adult Learning

SARE Outreach
Sandy Bell, Janet McAllister | 2021 | 40 pages

This guide describes five best practices for adult learning that educators and farm advisors can use in their educational programs to enhance learning for farmers and others involved in agriculture.

These best practices are grounded in adult cognitive psychology and neuroscience research, and thus are applicable to all adult learners. Along with explaining the science behind each best practice, the guide includes many real-world examples of how they can be applied to education contexts in sustainable agriculture. These examples reflect multiple learning contexts, including workshops, on-farm field days, online courses and one-on-one instruction. Later in the guide is a section on how you can apply these best practices to your own professional development as an agricultural educator.