Andragogy, not Pedagogy

The Institutional Path for Change in This Age: Andragogy, not Pedagogy
Trent Batson

In pedagogy, which is associated with teaching children, the primary focus is to transmit content. In andragogy, which is associated with teaching adults, the concern is instead with facilitating the acquisition of the content. In his article, Mr. Batson makes the case that the traditional model of teaching through pedagogy has been outdated and should be replaced by a more effective combination of andragogy and evidence-based learning. For those who are interested, here are some principles of the prescribed method:

  1. Letting learners know why something is important to learn
  2. Showing learners how to direct themselves through information
  3. Relating the topic to the learners’ experiences
  4. People will not learn until they are ready and motivated to learn
  5. Requires helping them overcome inhibitions, behaviors, and beliefs about learning