Response Paper: Adult Learning (10 points)
Due: September 14


The Response Paper is a writing assignment designed to introduce you to academic writing and to help you analyze class readings, linking them to your personal experiences in a meaningful way. It should flow so that the reader can follow your thoughts and easily understand your position.


The first section of the class explores the various ways by which adults learn. Torff and Sternberg write about what it means to be an adult learner in general, Goleman discusses multiple intelligences, and Rich challenges her students to be assertive in their seeking education. Use this response paper to help deepen your understanding of what the authors are arguing by engaging with their points.

Some questions to consider include:

What are Torff and Sternberg's main arguments? Have they persuaded you of the validity of their main point? Why might their position on adult learners be important for society at large? What do the authors mean by "tacit knowledge?" What are some of the ways adult learners acquire tacit knowledge?

What does Gardner say about intelligence? What about Goleman’s theory on emotional intelligence? How do these authors’ points relate to your own experiences in learning and life situations?

What does Rich mean by "claiming an education?" Why did she think this was an important distinction for women at that time? More importantly, how might this apply to all adult students today?

How do the above theories of adult learning relate to your learning style in particular? How can you put this knowledge to work for you as you work through the BIS program?


Typed, double spaced, with one-inch margins in an 11- or 12-point standard font, such as Times New Roman.

Page Length: 2-3 pages.

Writing Expectations: The essay should follow the academic format of introduction, body, and conclusion. Your introduction should...

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