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Top : Adult Learning and Andragogy : Critiques:

Adult learning and andragogy have been subject to criticism from the academic world and practitioners. Here you can find information about the weak points of adult learning theory, and why it's simply not accurate as a guide for instruction and training.


Knowles' andragogy: an angle on adult learning By na
A short editorial type commentary on Knowles and his andragogy approach. Contains some useful references. Hits: 1122 )

Malcolm Knowles' Theory of Andragogy: A Critique. By Hartree, Anne
(Note: This is an abstract) The author suggests that Knowles's concept of andragogy offers a philosophical position rather than a unified theory of adult learning. She examines weaknesses of the theory and discusses it in relation to humanistic psychology and existentialism. Hits: 1681 )

Believing Adults Will Act Like Adults When In Learning Situations - Stupid Trainer Tricks By Robert Bacal
Commentary - when adults don't behave like adults in the training classroom. Hits: 1047 )

Stupid Trainer Tricks - Believing All Adults Are Self-Directed Learners By Robert Bacal
Critique of the idea that all adults are self-directed learners. Hits: 1408 )

Andragogy Revisited: Theory for the 21st Century ? By Ralf St. Clair
An examination of the usefulness of Andragogy as a model and theory for the 21st Centure. Hits: 1101 )

Andragogy's Detectives: A Critique of the Present and a Proposal for the Future By John R. Rachal
An abstract of a paper from the Adult Education Quarterly. Included as a possible reference for people looking for critiques of Knowles' formulation. Hits: 1373 )

Critical analysis of two of andragogy assumptions By Chinazo Echezona-Johnson
Academic article that critiques two assumptions central to andragogy. Hits: 504 )

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