As someone who works with adults who teach children, I like to have some understanding of the theories of learning.
This infographic outlining Knowles’ 4 Principles of Andragogy has got me wondering a little bit.
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The 4 principles given for adult learning theory are:
- Adults need to know why they are learning something.
- Adults learn through doing (even if they make mistakes).
- Adults are problem-solvers.
- Adults learn best when the subject is of immediate use.
Don’t our children like to:
- Know why they are learning something?
- Learn through doing (even if they make mistakes)?
- Solve problems?
- Be able to use their learning immediately?
Aren’t these all principles that we encourage in our classrooms?