n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Psychological factors as predictors of adult learning in selected study centres in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State




This study discussed some psychological factors that affect adult learning in selected study centers in Ibadan Metropolis Oyo state. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Convenience sampling technique was used to select sixty four (64) adult participants (22 males and 42 females), from the three study centers organized by the Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan. A questionnaire titled Adult Psychological Scale (APS), (r=0.89) was used for the study. Two hypotheses were tested. The result of the first hypothesis showed that the joint effect of Memory, Concentration, ability to Absorb/Recall, and Judgment) on Adult Learning was significant (F (4, 59) = 16.352; R = .725, R2 = .526, Adj. R2 = .494; P < .05. The second hypothesis showed that the individual effect of each of these variables on adult learning was also significant Memory (β = .277, P <.05), Concentration (β = .252, P <.05), ability to Absorb/Recall (β = .315, P <.05) and Judgment (β = .198, P <.05). In conclusion, the study showed that understanding the psychological factors that affect adult learning is important for success in teaching the adult learners. The adult educator should therefore try to understand the psychological characteristics of adult learners so as to help them benefit from adult learning experience.


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