Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Luanne Schnase


Teachers, facilitators, and instructors must understand their students in order to affect learning. Understanding who learners are and how they develop cognitively, emotionally, and intellectually will help instructors create learning opportunities which will enhance student knowledge. The same is true when it is the teacher who becomes the student. Whether the readers of this article are teachers, administrators, or professional development providers, adults must understand how adults learn, and teachers should allow themselves the opportunity to remember what it is like to be a learner (Brookfield, 1995).