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PSYC 315 Adult Learning

This class examines adults in transition, practical applications of individual differences in learning styles and research on adult learners. Topics include assessing adult learning needs and motivation, adult development, models for adult learning, and program development and evaluation.

Special information

Overlap: PSYC 302 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • An emphasis will be on the scientific methods of inquiry used in the study of adult learning.
  • In this course students will learn the learning theories in psychology as they apply to adult learning.
  • Learning will also focus on applications of learning theories to areas such as education, business and behavioral change.
  • Students will learn the historical development of these theories and also the current theories of learning.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.