Malcolm Knowles’ Six Assumptions for Adult Learners

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:

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For a more in-depth look, check out The Adult Learning Theory – Andragogy – of Malcolm Knowles┬áby Christopher Pappas at E-Learning Industry.

References:

  • 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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