If you teach learners over the age of 17 or 18, then you basically have adult learners on your hands. The tools and techniques used for teaching adult learners is referred to as andragogy.
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.
- Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels
Do these assumptions ring true to your experience? Do you implement any of them into your curriculum?
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Rick Henderson is a university instructor with over 20 years experience teaching adult learners. He received his Masters on Education in 2020, and enjoys researching topics related to adult learning and creativity.