KNOWLES’S THEORY OF ANDRAGOGY
Explore the salient points of Knowles’s theory of andragogy, and then defend or critique the basic assumptions that Knowles makes. Support your response with related examples of either validity or the flaws inherent within Knowles’s theory.
There are six assumptions in Knowles’s theory of learning, self-concept, experience, readiness to learn, problem centered learned, motivation and knowing why learning is necessary. I believe Knowles’s theory of andragogy assumptions are quite accurate as I viewed my learning journey.
As I began to grow in my educational learning as an adult, I transitioned from a traditional student who attended college because it was expected to a learner who desired to understand learning. Step one was about me moving from being led by instructors towards my next steps to moving in my on educational direction. I made the class choices. In step two, my experience aided in my learning. I was able to combine my work experience with educational experiences and my learning became more meaningful. With step three, I was ready to learn for me and not as someone carrying the torch of the first person to graduate from college. My education started to mean something to me and how what I am learning could impact others. Step four, I began to focus on what can I do now with what I have learned and who can be immediately affected or helped. Step five is where my motivation was important. My drive kept me going. Lastly, with step six, I knew why I needed to learn. My plans for my use of learning was evident and my focus was clearer.
Select one (1) of the self-directed learning process models, and evaluate its potential utility within a particular learning environment of your choice. Next, from the links in the Week 3 Career Insights section of your Blackboard course, examine two (2) techniques, tools, or resources that most closely align to the model and the context that you have evaluated.
Justify your response.
The self-directed learning process model I select is the Interactive Models. Interactive allows for a more hands on approach. There is opportunity to learn from successes and failures and trials and errors. A nonlinear model like the Spears Model is great for my learning environment. When people are working on different individual projects and happened to speak to each other about their projects a sharing of ideas can take place and both walk away with learning experiences.