Merriam, S. B., Caffarella, R. S., & Baumgartner, L. M. (2007). Learning in adulthood: A comprehensive guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Merriam, Caffarella, and Baumgartner (2007), advise:
It is important to know the backgrounds and experiences of our learners not only as individual learners but also as members of social and culturally constructed groups such as women and men; poor, middle-class, and rich; black, white, and brown. (p. 430)
Our interconnected global economy demands attention to dissimilarities. These dissimilarities create barriers and opportunities. Experience with different groups of people and cultures have been greatly expanded through travel, participation in the global marketplace (Merriam et al., 2007). As communication continue to make the world a smaller place to do business, recognizing individual difference becomes more important.