The learning theory of andragogy tries to quantify the differences between younger and older learners.


Andragogy in my own learning experiences

The chicken example above is built on my own experiences learning to raise chickens, but to also bring in one of the experiences discussed on my learning experiences page, I’ll focus on my college experience and my professional learning experience.

The andragogy tie-in of my college experience is particular in the first of Knowles’ 5 Assumptions, that adult learners are independent and self-directed, and around the design element of applied knowledge. Our class decided on its own to translate the film, and made the case to our professor for why we should do the translation. The translation was also definitely an exercise focusing on applied knowledge; rather than translation disconnected from our everyday lives, we translated recent film that we all knew and enjoyed.

My professional learning experience focused on my experience learning to use new technologies in my own career. This was entirely self-directed and mostly independent (no one externally required me to do most of this learning); it built on my prior knowledge; my focus was on specific skills related to my work; the skills were immediately applicable; and I was learning mostly for my own internal reasons rather than because I was required to by another party.


Pappas, C. (2013) The Adult Learning Theory—Andragogy—of Malcolm Knowles. e-Learning Industry. Retrieved from

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Mohamed_hassan. (2018) [Graduation University Women]. Pixabay. Retrieved from

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