So why is this a critical part of teaching adults? Adults come to us with a lot of their universes well-populated. They have traditions, beliefs, values, priorities. Why should this be something we think about when we’re preparing to help them achieve their goals? Here are the benefits of changing your teaching paradigm to the multiverse:
Creates positive learning outcomes – One of the best things we can do for our students is SEE them. See, accept, and celebrate ALL of them, not just the part that needs to learn our subject matter. This is especially significant for the developmental learner, who is relationship-driven.
Improves Cognitive Skills and Critical Thinking—By encountering viewpoints and cultures different than one’s own, we are nudged toward examining our own beliefs more thoroughly
Helps Younger Students Enter Adulthood – Helps students navigate the world’s differences in a safe place, where they are free to ask questions, exhibit curiosity and interest in the unfamiliar
Prepares Students for Engaged Citizenship – It is a lot harder to denigrate a culture or gender if you have personally known someone from that protected group. This promotes a voting body who has a deeper understanding of our differences and our similarities