Andragogy probably isn’t a word you hear every day. But it’s an important one to know at Project Read. Andragogy refers to the way adults learn as distinguished from the way children learn. Here are some things to remember when teaching adults:
- Adults are ready to learn something new not when the teacher says it’s time to learn but when they encounter different experiences in life or new social roles that require new knowledge.
- Adults prefer self-directed learning because they are typically motivated by internal, rather than external factors.
- Adults are problem-centered and they want to apply new learning immediately.
- Adults draw on their accumulated reservoir of life experiences to aid learning.
To learn more about andragogy and other writing tips, go to TEAL’s Just Write! guide here.