The adult learner
1.Is self-directed and takes responsibility for her/his own learning.
2.Has prior experience that can be a positive or negative influence on learning.
3.Is motivated by an internal need to know.
4.Has a problem-solving orientation to learning.

Work Consulted
Knowles, Malcolm. The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species. (2nd ed.). Boston: Gulf, 1978. Print.