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May 2, 2023

Adults do not learn as children learn. They have prior experience, they have real-world problems to solve and, crucially, they can get up and walk out if they lose interest!

In this week’s episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross G and ‘Ross Dickie’ are joined by Dr Carrie Graham. In amongst talk of bridge building, we discuss:

  • the core principles of Adult Learning Theory
  • how to apply Adult Learning Theory in the workplace
  • why keeping the life of the learner front-of-mind is so important.

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Ross Dickie got smutty by diving into the acronym shift from SMET to STEM. See more here: McComas, W. F. (2014). STEM: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Language of Science Education: An Expanded Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts in Science Teaching and Learning, 102-103. Online at:

And Ross G got snarky, with a deep dive into the groundbreaking conspiracy theory that surrounds public information game Cat Park. You can play the game at:

Ross read about Cat Park in The Economist. See:

If you’re interested in the conspiracy, you’ll need to do your own research. We don’t recommend.

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