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Educators of all populations are constantly confronted with how to help individuals make meaning of their experience, both in informal and non-formal settings. Adults bring to their learning situations complex and varied experiences that have both a positive and negative impact on their learning. Part of our task as educators is to provide a context for learning, so that new information and new concepts can be understood.
Additionally, educators have been concerned with expanding the horizons of their students, although the exact meaning of such "expansion" has changed over time. The concern for educators has been expanding the horizons of their students, although the exact meaning of this has changed over time. It once referred to the impact of learning particular pieces of information and tying into an educational tradition. Today, this emphasis has shifted. Adult educators, in particular, talk more about reflection in practice, ideology, and the need for individuals to understand their unspoken assumptions. A concomitant point is that individuals, through education, will change their perspective, the way they ascribe meaning to experience, and hence become more productive (thoughtful, reflective, or critical) members of society.