As I have been reading through your responses it struck me once again on how diverse our interests are thus reaffirming how ‘individual’ study is clearly important for the adult learner.
Now that I have been able to hear the many different interests in the class, I am better able to develop themes that might contribute specifically to your own work and interests. As the instructor, this becomes a very enjoyable part of andragogical practice — at times I can share things I already know and, at other times, I am encouraged to delve deeper into subject areas I am less familiar with. It also allows me to review things I had studied long ago. For example, while finding subject matter on inclusion, I was reminded of ideas regarding Inuit cultures that I had worked on during my doctoral studies in the 90s. So, as you think about adult education, give some thought as to how your own role as teacher (who you are as a teacher) will fundamentally change when you incorporate andragogical methods into your teaching practice. This will come out in the first Class Summary readings.
Once again I have broken this lecture into two parts: Class Summary and Theme/Project Development.
We have a good background in the history and development of andragogy. Now it will be enjoyable to hear how instructors experience andragogical methodology. As you read these two short chapters, you will get a chance to reflect on how the role of the teacher changes with andragogy. If, by chance, you have taken ED 632 with me you will recognize some of the driving forces that opposed or promoted andragogical thinking — such as Frederick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management, or Ben Zander’s narrative on giving everyone an ‘A’.
These are two short chapters taken from Knowles’ Book.
Even though I have added a number of new themes this week, please do continue on with previous themes if you find that they are of value. I have tried to create a number of themes that will address your own project interests now that I have a better idea of what you are working on.
I will continue to piece themes together as best I can picking out common elements when possible. Hopefully you will find a theme that directly relates to your own project work. You might peruse a few of the themes finding that bits and pieces inform your own work. Always keep in mind, there is more here than you can be expected to cover. But we should know by know that learning isn’t about coverage.
There are other resources that I continue to search for. Hopefully by next week I will find something for you if you don’t find something in one of the following themes. I will also continue to fill out the themes as I am able. Of course there is a great deal that can be added.
Anyway, hopefully something here will help your explorations and project development in some way.
Where Pedagogy and Andragogy Meet
One of the recurring interests has been where we might incorporate andragogical practices into the younger student classroom. Most classrooms have already worked on freeing up some of the pedagogical constraints. So the question is asked, how do we continue to draw on adragogical practices that would seem to be of value for younger students. Differentiation is certainly one way. The following theme on differentiation might offer some of you some new ways of comparing child and youth learning with adult learning.
I have included some documentaries on differentiation here. Now, if you are teaching you are already very well versed in differentiation — it has been a big component of your Education Degree training. The thing that you might find interesting now is questioning how one might understand differentiation from the perspective of andragogy and components of Knowles’ theory and consider how that might play into, or enrich, the younger student.
Inclusion, Anti Racism and Poverty
Inclusion and Anti Racism is another theme of interest.
A number of students have expressed interest in technology in one form or another. I started three themes that will address technological interests in some way.
Photography and Film Making
Programming and Coding
Heutagogy and Technoheutagogy
Technology for Educators
Business, Entrepreneurship and Workshops
Some students have an interest in creating businesses that will address adult audiences. While the topic of business is one that might be best addressed in a business class, the fact that we are creating business for adult learners makes andragogy very relevant. It reminds us that a teaching/learning model based on pedagogy might not be the best teaching business for adults.
I will continue to develop themes and hopefully address your own interests more specifically. I hope that some of these help.
Until next time, have a great week!