Educational Experiences For Adults And Young Adults

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Introduction This paper will review Hase, S., & Kenyon, C. journal “From andragogy to heutagogy.” They discussed Knowles (1970) suggestion an important change in the way in which educational experiences for adults should be designed. They demonstrated the difference between the notion of andragogy and heutagogy. Furthermore the transformation from the theory of pedagogy to andragogy and now towards truly self-determined learning called heutagogy. This paper will exemplify the many benefits of both andragogy and heutagogy. Overview of Heutagogy With our society on the fast track with technology in this twenty – first century, it is only fitting that we have incorporated heutagogy learning in higher education. Knowles pedagogy theory is design to teach kids and young adults in a formal educational setting. Andragogy theory is generally used in adult learning. This theory identifies adults as being more self directed with little supervision from an instructor or facilitator. Furthermore the advantage of andragogy concept is for adults to transform from being dependant student into self directed learner. As adults we are prepared to learn, drawing from our experiences and relating it to our education experiences and not taking anything for granted. This journal speaks about the rapid rate of change in society, with the easy access to information due to the popularity of technology, we have to adapt to new form of education to stay current with society. Hase, S., & Kenyon, C. (2000, pg 2) suggests that we should now be looking at an educational approach where it is the learner himself who determines what and how learning should take place. This form of learning is called heutagogy. Heutagogical “the study of self-determined learning,... ... middle of paper ... ... relevant we have to expose our student to a diverse knowledge and systems to encompass the qualification to compete on a global level. Students have to be self-sufficient and competent. Knowledge is acquired either by our experiences or through education. Suggested by Hase, S., & Kenyon, C. (2000, pg 4-5). “It is not that heutagogy is a departure from andragogy but, rather an extension that incorporates self-directed learning. The notion that pedagogical approaches to learning were perhaps inappropriate for adults was an important leap forward.” Hase, S., & Kenyon, C. (2000, pg 5). Continues “Heutagogy takes account of intuition and concepts such as ‘double loop learning’ that are not linear and not necessarily planned.” Learning should come naturally, if we perceive learning as a potential we will always be hungry for more and always have room for improvement.

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