Skills of Adult Educators

    Based on the following list of skills, (1) reflect on the skills below and (2) answer to the following questions:

    1. Are those skills relevant in the adult education and lifelong learning sector in your country?
    2. Which skills are most important to you?
    3. In which situation did you develop this skill? Through which activities?
    4. Is it possible to develop and practice them during your study path?


    List of skills

    Analytical Thinking

    Analyse information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems


    Use creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems

    Active Learning

    Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

    Learning / Teaching Strategies

    • Select and use training/teaching methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
    • Identify the educational needs of others, develop formal educational or training programs or classes, and teach or instructing others

    Critical Thinking

    Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

    Complex Problem-Solving

    Identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions


    Be willing to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Have an impact on others in the organisation and display energy and leadership

    Emotional Intelligence

    Be sensitive to others' needs and feelings, be personally connected with others, and be aware of others' reactions and understand why they react as they do


    Monitor/assess performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    Team Working

    Cooperate with others providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between individuals

    Relating with multicultural Groups

    Respect cultural differences among groups, be tolerant and avoid cultural, social and religious stereotypes

    Communicating (orally and in writing) with others

    Talk to others to convey information effectively and communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience

    Active Listening

    Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times

    Using ICT

    Retrieve, assess, store, produce, present, and exchange information

    Planning, Organising and Developing

    Identify and group the work to be performed, define and delegate responsibility and authority, and establish relationships for the purpose of enabling

    Acting ethically

    Respect the key moral principles, including honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, and individual rights.


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