The Stakes Have Never Been Higher…
- Are gaps in learning limiting college or career opportunities for a student or employee you know?
- While learners often know something is wrong, often they cannot identify the root issue causing them to struggle.
- PEARL analyzes how students receive, retain and express information to achieve learning goals
Secondary, College & Adult Learners
Adult learners in school and at work are expected to…
- Learn independently and quickly by reading, writing, researching, studying, listening
- Remember, analyze and use information to receive and express knowledge quickly
- Identify and compare information to create relationships
- Part/Whole, Location, Cause/Effect, Function, Member of a Group, Attributes, Synonym and Antonym
- Categorize, organize, plan, reason and problem solve
- Demonstrate their learning by reading complicated articles and texts; writing essays; listening to lectures; taking notes; completing long written tests; and writing endless research papers
- Demonstrate their ability to perform in the workplace by communicating with staff and clients, developing presentations, reading and understanding a variety of information, writing short summaries to long proposals, learning new skills, etc.
Adult learners need assistance with…
- Organizing, connecting and storing new information with prior knowledge
- Using vocabulary in the learning process to develop long-term semantic memory
- Developing a process for recalling and learning rather than memorizing
- Extracting keywords and concepts from lectures, meetings, or videos
- Understanding questions and projects to create, monitor, and achieve goals
- Planning oral and written responses that answer the entire question
- Reading with a plan to use the information to solve problems.
- Listens intently; cannot remember what was said after class or meeting ends.
- Responds verbally to questions; cannot write the same information.
- Uses many words to express a quick thought.
- Reads the textbook, a proposal or an interesting article; cannot summarize information verbally or in writing.
- Remembers a detail from the reading; cannot identify the main idea or summarize.
- Understands information read aloud or watched on a video; cannot understand information read silently.
- Passes multiple choice tests; fails short-answer and essay assignments.
- Writes an outline of ideas; cannot write an essay.
- Dictates a list of notes; cannot write a presentation or proposal.
- Studies all the time; scores Cs or lower on tests.
- Resists reading at all times, relies on watching videos and frustrates when they cannot express their understanding.
- Resists writing at all times, relies on writing center or assistant “to flesh out the details” of their thoughts.
- Students and employees frustrate when they “learn” information but cannot “remember”.
- Learning: the process to gain new knowledge and skills
- Memory: the process to retain and access knowledge and skills.
Working, Long-Term and Semantic Memory are part of each phase of learning
- Working Memory: Accepts, holds, and rehearses visual or language information
- Long Term Memory: Network to connect and store information
- Semantic Memory: Meaning of words and concepts