Because people learn differently at different ages, pedagogy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. More than five million students ages 25 and older are enrolled in a college or university, representing about one-third of all postsecondary students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Administrators, educators and trainers need to use appropriate and effective instructional techniques, whether in person or online. Adult learning experts subscribe to several fundamental theories that inform how they believe adult students function in a classroom or training setting. The term andragogy also refers to a theory developed by Malcolm Knowles in the s.
Pedagogy Vs Andragogy In eLearning: Can You Tell The Difference? - eLearning Industry
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Contrasting Classrooms: Instructional Differences Between Pedagogy vs. Andragogy
Every trainer's ambition is to make corporate learning as impactful and engaging as possible. But how? One method to master great training and course creation is by understanding how your learner's mind works. Adult Learning Theory, also known as andragogy is a concept that has been around for years. It highlights the distinct ways adults best respond to learning and it's a must-know for any training provider.
Both of Greek origin, pedagogy literally translates to paidi child and ago guide. Andragogy, on the other hand, means andras man and ago guide. While both words refer to learning strategies, they each have their own distinct philosophies. At a glance, andragogy refers to the methods and approaches used in adult education and is directed towards self-actualization, gaining experience, and problem-solving. In contrast, pedagogy is an education method in which the learner is dependent on the teacher for guidance, evaluation, and acquisition of knowledge.