Society for Facilitator

Planning &




Adult Learning

Adult learning is something which we need to understand to be good facilitators. It’s about creating learning environments and providing materials which motivate, intrinsically. Creating that dynamic mix of content, process and facilitator interaction which is particular to the needs of the group.


Comprehensively covered in classic literature (see John Adair’s “50-50-rule”, Douglas McGregor, “Theory Y/Self-Fulfillment” and Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” for example),  These can be summarized into the three main needs categories - 1) Process, 2) Inclusion and 3) Fulfillment. Get these right, along with an appropriate mix of methods to tease out opportunities, solve problems or develop team goals and you are probably on to a winner.


It’s so dynamic that it’s almost like making a science into an art form - therein lies the beauty of knowledge and experience to develop the same rapport as those Facilitators who are simply natural, earthy people people!


It has been proven that interaction is a key element of adult learning, like the Piaget theory of child development, so it is wise for Facilitators to encourage interaction in workshop settings to maximise adult experience and learning.


There are some fantastic tools to support this which are taught in all of SPFF's Facilitator coaching courses.

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