Adult Learners Essay

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As an educator, it is my role to teach as well as learn. The role of a teacher allows me to experience both Andragogy and Pedagogy. “Andragogy” is “the art and science of helping adults learn "where as “Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching children” (Knowles, 1984, p. 13). In my profession, it is a daily task to teach concepts to children. Children are generally, teacher directed learners meaning, they are always looking to the teacher to guide them in their learning. They seek out answers and need direction to what they will be learning and what activities are provided to solidify the learning concept. This is quite different than the self directed, or the adult learner. According to Caruso (2011), adults learn by performing…show more content…
Adult learners use their life experiences and knowledge to make connections which allows adults to have a better understanding of a specific concept. " Adults have lived longer, seen and done more, have the tendency to link their past experiences to anything new and validate new concepts based on prior learning" (Pappas, 2013). As a teacher, I am constantly asking my students to make connections so they can relate to what they are reading or learning about in class. This is a skill. Adult learners have had the time to develop this skill and master it. This is yet another concept children must learn so they can use it in their adult life to effectively learn. "Those who take the initiative learn more and better than those waiting to be taught" (Gibbs, 2010). Adult learning is primarily driven by goals. Pappas (2013) mentions the concept of motivation. Adults are motivated to set goals so they can improve job skills and achieve professional growth. I am passionate about learning and feel one quality of being a great teacher is to be a lifelong learner. That being said, I also strive to learn more so I can be the best at what I do. This is a personal goal. There are many professional development opportunities offered in my district, but they are not enough for what I want to achieve. Thinking about how children learn, I am constantly asked, "is this good enough?" when I do not set specific parameters on an assignment.
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