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deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

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Andragogy: We're familiar with the Greek word pedagogy, in reference to the teaching of children. Andragogy ('man leading') refers to how adults (of all genders) learn.

Educator Malcolm Knowles' theory states that adult learners:

  • need to know why they're learning;
  • prefer a hands-on, problem-centred approach;
  • need to be involved in decisions, planning and evaluation of their education;
  • respond best to self-motivated learning with immediate relevance to their work or life.

However, Knowles himself decided that 'pedagogy-andragogy' was a continuum from teacher-directed to student-directed learning, both appropriate for children and adults, depending on the situation.

Reference: website retrieved 10 May 2013.

Christina Ratcliffe