The Movie ' The Shawshank Redemption '

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This paper examines the relationship between the major motion picture, The Shawshank Redemption’s (Darabont, 1994), main character, Andy Dufresne, and the first two andragogy assumptions of Malcolm S. Knowles (1980). Knowles assumptions are affirmed but also rebutted from other scholars throughout the document as Andy’s actions are described and connected to the plot of the movie. Adult Learning in the Shawshank Redemption Malcolm Knowles professed the importance of an adult’s life experiences and the close connection to the learning process (Knowles, 1980). Life experience adds an additional layer of resources the adult learner may draw upon when presented with new learning opportunities. When life experiences are integrated into a self-directed learner, substantial learning can occur. Andy Dufresne, the main character in the motion picture, The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994), experienced an evolution of adult learning as he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. During his nineteen years in the Shawshank Prison, Andy, an exceptionally intelligent banker, continued to possess an independent self-concept as he adapted and transformed his learning, self-directing his own escape. Knowles Assumptions and Rebuttals One of the six assumptions from Malcolm Knowles’ theory on adult learning stated the following, “1. As a person matures, his or her self-concept moves from that of a dependent personality toward one of a self-directing human being” (Merriam,
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