Abstract Research on learners has shown that adults learn differently from younger students. Adults have special needs as learners and these needs should be taken into consideration when planning training for adults. By using combinations of adult learner techniques and strategies, Extension educators can create training experiences that will enhance the learning of participants. When adults participate in a positive learning experience that follows the six assumptions of andragogy presented in this article, they are more likely to retain what they have learned and apply it in their work environment. Cynthia F. Diane C.
adult-learner characteristics identified by Knowles
Andragogy - Adult Learning Theory (Knowles) - Learning Theories
The Adult Learner : The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development
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For example, adults tend to be more self-directed, internally motivated, and ready to learn. Teachers can draw on concepts of andragogy to increase the effectiveness of their adult education classes. Keywords: learning, learning theory, adults, education, self-directive, self-concept, experiences, readiness, motivation, content, process, practical learning. Andragogy, also known as adult learning theory, was proposed by Malcom Shepard Knowles in Knowles recognized that there are many differences in the ways that adults learn as opposed to children.