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Knowles' theory of andragogy

Malcolm Knowles has brought considerable attention to the adult education field as a separate field during the past three decades. Discuss views Andragogy.

(1) What do you think is beneficial and/or correct and what do you think is not beneficial or incorrect about the theory?

(2) How is Knowles' theory of andragogy manifested in teaching and learning when practiced by skilled facilitators?
(3) What is your assessment of your own abilities to facilitate according to Knowles' theory?

(4) In what environments do you think the theory of andragogy will be most effective? List the reasons for their views

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1. What do you think is beneficial and/or correct and what do you think is not beneficial or incorrect about the theory?
Knowles' theory of adult education contains many important contributions to adult education. This very humanistic approach believes that learning should be self-motivated and self-directed. Learners are motivated by relevancy of the content, as well as the opportunity to apply and put into practice what they have learned. Critics of this theory cite that Knowles' theory of andragogy is implied to be dichotomous from pedagogy, the education of children. In modern learning environments, many educators approach teaching children as holistic and self-directed. Knowles' theory implies that such learning is appropriate only for the adult learner. Another criticism of adragogy is the assumption that adult learning is voluntary. For many adults, however, learning is more of a cultural or familial expectation.

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Solution Summary

Knowles' theory of andragogy is examined. The beneficial and correct theory is determined.

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