Adult Teaching Premises and Practices

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Category: Education Fundamentals

Adult education is a set of time tested practices and not a theory. This module explores techniques for creating adult centered learning environments, and introduces a model for presenting instruction that encourages learners to take responsibility for their learning. Interacting with adults, treating your learners as adults, and promoting responsible learning in your learners - what could be more satisfying than that?


David Stein, Ph.D.

Dr. Stein is an associate professor of adult education in the College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University.  He also coordinates the School Nurse Licensure Program and has served as Director of Hospital Wide Education and Training at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Dr. Stein’s area of research and scholarship focuses on creating effective learning environments for adult learners in face to face and online classrooms.  

John D. Mahan, MD

Dr. Mahan is a Professor of Pediatrics in the OSU College of Medicine and serves as Director for the Center for Faculty Development at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics.  He practices as a Pediatric Nephrologist and continues to serve as Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/OSU, Columbus, Ohio and Director for Education in the OSU College of Medicine Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement (FAME).

In addition to serving as Senior Editor for the FD4ME since 2010, through FAME oversees a team of medical educators devoted to promoting best educational practices in medicine, online faculty development through FD4ME, and contributing to medical education innovation and scholarship. He has presented on medical education topics at workshops and symposia at the annual AAMC, ACGME, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Association of Pediatric Program Directors Meeting, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Meeting, American Society of Nephrology Meeting, International Pediatric Nephrology Association and the Annual Dialysis Conference. 

He was a member of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations Strategic Visioning Summit (2013) and is a recipient of the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award (2013) and the OSU College of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award (2006).  He was elected to the Alpha Omega Honor Society (Drexel University) (2012) and Arthur Gold Humanism Society (2013).  He was recipient of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Career Achievement Award (2014).  He also serves as Chair of the Editorial Board to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pedialink, the online portal to AAP education and educational resources.


  1. Describe FOUR important features of the adult learner: 1) readiness to learn; 2) responsibility for learning; 3) integrating learning efforts with professional and personal activities; and 4) active engagement with educational content and instructors to produce meaningful learning.
  2. Define the impact of the THREE key components of adult teaching (developing a Product, it is about a Process, and it is about Potential) on helping adult learners gain knowledge and mastery.
  3. Describe how and why adults bring their emotions and expectations into learning situations and how learning is affected by these contextual elements.
  4. Differentiate between the FOUR types of Learning Tasks: Inductive Tasks, Input Tasks, Implementation Tasks and Integration Tasks.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.