Person-Centered Approaches: Providing Social and Emotional Support for Adult Learners
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This chapter includes an overview of how instructors can establish and maintain working relationships with students and facilitate working relationships between students. The concept of person-centered learning will be explored from a theoretical standpoint, and then discussed in the context of adult learners in contemporary society. Applications in face-to-face instructional settings and online learning environments will also be examined. The benefits of person-centered learning will be listed, including more advanced critical thinking, a greater sense of personal agency and responsibility for learning, and motivation for self-directed learning. Finally, best practices for promoting person-centered learning will be offered.