In this day and age, when considering the multitude of differences speculated between the adult learner and the child learner, there is no shortage of past and/or present research information to refer to. I would like to begin with a summary of the major characteristic comparisons of Pedagogy and Andragogy in chart form.
I thoroughly enjoyed the table format of the information presented. The contrast laid out between the subjects of Pedagogy and Andragogy is indicated in such a simplistic way. Straight forward, and descriptive, this brief article “breaks-down” the basic details of these topics. Having access, through so many resources, to such a tremendous amount of material makes it seemingly apparent that adult learning styles are different than those of children; yet, certain situations and environments may justify some areas of these philosophies otherwise. I would like to believe that this is the beauty, along with the challenge, of teaching.
While referring to this chart amongst the first article, I also happened to come across another stimulating piece – an authentic blog post. Tom Whitby goes on to describe his interpretations and experiences about the subject of adult learners. I particularly appreciated the criticisms mentioned in regards to previous conferences, and presentation methods relating to both adults and children.
I will gladly refer to the information I have discovered in my searches while planning my future course materials and surroundings for fellow adult learners. I would like for my learning environment to have a comfortable, and inspiring nature. Always keeping in mind, “… there is a love of the conversation, as opposed to the lecture” (Whitby), the words of the wise. I would also like to imagine that I will be able to embrace technology in a professional manner, delivering up-to-date information in a way that is captivating to the audience of learners.
Refer to this adorable and entertaining introductory video on Adult Learning:
- Awesome Chart on ” Pedagogy Vs Andragogy ” ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/awesome-chart-on-pedagogy-vs-andragogy.html
Caddell, A. (2011, March 30). Adult Learning In Under 3 Minutes. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lvkJhXnEZk
Whitby, T. (2013, May 03). Pedagogy vs. Andragogy. Retrieved May 25, 2016, from https://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/pedagogy-vs-andragog/