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Meaning of Andragogy


Andragogy in its simplest meaning, is the guide or driving, of a set of learning techniques or teachings, where apprentices are adults; it is the counterpart of pedagogy, which is the orientation or teaching of children.

It is a theory developed by Knowles (1913-97) which contrasts the way an adult learns that of a young person. Andragogy effectively describes the learning methods that should be used for adult education.

The fundamental characteristic of andragogy is; the way to resolve conflict situations or complex, organizing learning or learning about the difficulty or problem, this being a way to achieve the desired goals and competencies I have imposed, strengthening the values ​​and positive attitudes, because the secret of this advance, is that the adult learns because he wants and not because he should.

In a summary, the adult has four important characteristics for andragogic learning; the motivation, the personal perspective of what will be learned, the experience and the availability of learning; thus arriving at the final cycle of learning; acquire experience, know how to reflect, arrive at a conceptualization and in the end the application of what has been learned.

Although this is a study method for adults, at AIU High school we have students aged 14 and over since today this method of study is being practiced by young people who wish to have their own pace of study since this it will help them to obtain more free time to carry out other activities.

We believe that learning should be an active process and not a passive one. A true development of this learning is most effective when we focus on solving problems that are important for your daily experiences.