A Comparison of Adult Learning Characteristics between First-year and Senior Capstone Students

James Pembridge
2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Knowles 2 coined the term andragogy, meaning the art and science of helping adults learn, whereas the traditional term of pedagogy is the "art and science of teaching children" 13 . Knowles approaches the concept of andragogy and pedagogy as a theory of practices that lies on a continuum, where pedagogy is at one extreme and andragogy at the other with defining assumptions for each (Table 1 ). The assumptions were developed from Knowles' recognition that the concept of the learner, life
more » ... ce, readiness to learn, and orientation to learning of the student are different when comparing a child to an adult 2 . He acknowledges that through the process of maturation a person becomes increasingly self-directed, accumulate an increasing amount of life experiences that provide both content and context for learning, and view education as a process to develop competence in professional areas needed to achieve life goals 14 .
doi:10.18260/1-2--19925 fatcat:g5pecuvi6ff3vfjdy2sh3q2mxi