We talk a lot about research on how students learn, but what about adults?  What about you?  Today’s your turn.  Below are several principles about how adults learn (the fancy term is andragogy) from Malcolm S. Knowles’s research.

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Principles of Adult Learning

  • Adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction.

  • Experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for learning activities.

  • Adults are most interested in learning subjects that have immediate relevance to their job or personal life.

  • Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented.