The adult learner may really be a neglected species

Author/s: Sean O’Toole and Belinda Essex

Edition: Volume 52, Number 1, April 2012

Summary: When we separate the process of learning that is experienced by adults and children from the methods, systems and settings that are used, a clear case can be made for a very distinct, andragogical model. This concept exists separately from the notion that there is undoubtedly a common pedagogy or ‘art of teaching’ that is shared by the best educators, regardless of whether their audience comprises children or adults. The key to improving the adult learning experience is to acknowledge that adults do have very different needs, expectations and limitations in what they want and need to know, and how they are prepared to experience it.

Keywords: andragogical model, art of teaching, best educators

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