Adult education practice is most often associated with the term “andragogy.” Malcolm Knowles (1984), first introduced the term in America in 1967, describing it as “the art and science of helping adults learn.” The “science” is usually thought of as the systematic activity, methods and knowledge acquired through formal education, training and practical experience and used to design, develop, implement and evaluate training and educational programs for adult learners. For example, an adult educator might study learning theory in college, program design in a certification workshop, or learn about evaluation processes on the job. The “art” however, is often associated with educators’ activities of using insight, imagination, and creativity in practice. It is the manner in which the science of teaching is carried out, the style and grace with which facilitators engage learners and the environment, placing their personal mark on the process. Andragogy is the adult compliment to pedagogy. The intent of this blog is to explore the many aspects of adult learning and adult education…..andragogy.
We all know what pedagogy is, but what is “andragogy?”
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