Here’s an interesting point, we shouldn’t do pedagogy but, instead, andragogy.

“Knowles’ theory of andragogy is an attempt to develop a theory specifically for adult learning. Knowles emphasizes that adults are self-directed and expect to take responsibility for decisions. Adult learning programs must accommodate this fundamental aspect.

Andragogy makes the following assumptions about the design of learning: (1) Adults need to know why they need to learn something (2) Adults need to learn experientially, (3) Adults approach learning as problem-solving, and (4) Adults learn best when the topic is of immediate value.

In practical terms, andragogy means that instruction for adults needs to focus more on the process and less on the content being taught. Strategies such as case studies, role playing, simulations, and self-evaluation are most useful. Instructors adopt a role of facilitator or resource rather than lecturer or grader. “

Hmmmmm, not sure if I agree about the role plays / simulation / case studies though… where’s the authenticity there? Hang about, where’s the importance of authenticity in the theory as a whole (not to mention social motivations). Am not entirely convinced, problems need to be real to have any point.

2 replies on “Andragogy”

  1. As for me, I detest the term, which is the former East Germany’s gift to the world. The Greek root andr- means not only what distinguishes the men from the boys, but the men from the women as well, and is the basis of the modern Greek term for machismo. And precisely how many of the alleged distinguishing characteristics of adult education do not apply as well to the education of children? Harrumph, harrumph.

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