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Do you remember what it was like to sit in a classroom? Rows of desks and chairs faced the teacher at the front of the room. Your job as a student was to be quiet, listen to the teacher, and do what you were told. This is an example of teacher-centered learning, usually involving children, called pedagogy. Adult learners have a different approach to learning. Adults learn best when learning is focused on adult students, not on the teacher. This is called andragogy , the process of helping adults learn. Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of adult learning, observed that adults learn best when:.
Join Now. Children are like sponges, soaking up knowledge from everything they see, hear and do. Everything was new and our primary focus in our work and play was to understand and make sense of the world around us.
Malcolm Knowles , a pioneer in adult education, popularized the concept of five teaching strategies for adults, which states that students learn best when:. Adults students are special because they step foot into a classroom with the desire to learn. They are there to learn something new or become certified in a particular field. However, as an adult you may learn that you prefer a different learning style, or a combination of all three. Visual learners prefer to be shown a lesson through graphs, diagrams, and illustrations. They rely on what the instructor is doing and often sit in the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions. Auditory learners listen carefully to all sounds associated with the lesson.