If you teach learners over the age of 17 or 18, then you basically have adult learners on your hands.
According to educator Malcolm Knowles, there are 6 assumptions that you can hold in your mind while you are creating curriculum that is relevant and engaging for your adult learners. I’ve summarized these 6 assumptions here in this image:
For a more in-depth look, check out The Adult Learning Theory – Andragogy – of Malcolm Knowles by Christopher Pappas at E-Learning Industry.
- Knowles, M. (1984). The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (3rd Ed.). Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing.
Do these assumptions ring true to your experience? Do you implement any of them into your curriculum? Share your responses by posting a comment below.
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