Common Barriers to Learning

Slidecast

Listen to the following learner stories. Can you identify the barriers to learning?

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Barriers to learning are problems or situations that prevent learners from accessing programs, make it difficult for learners to go to class or make it hard for learners to concentrate and learn. Learners face many barriers. Here are the four main groups of barriers:

Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health Concerns

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Healthcare concerns
  • Mental health concerns

Employment and Financial Issues

  • Employment issues
  • Financial issues

Housing, Legal, and Transportation Issues

  • Housing issues
  • Legal issues
  • Transportation issues

Issues with Family Relationships and Social Support

  • Changing expectations of new culture
  • Child care issues
  • Family problems
  • Lack of support systems
  • Scheduling problems