Roles of Adult Educators

See the “Reviewing the Evidence on How Adult Students Learn” article.

Being relatively new to the proper terminology used in adult education, I felt the need to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the often-coined term “andragogy”. This article offered an unbiased exploration of pedagogy and andragogy, with practical application of the key aspects of andragogy. My role as facilitator is now laid out tangibly. Adult learners require these five key areas to be successful:

  1. Application
  2. Self-esteem
  3. Background
  4. Motivation
  5. Environment

The article is also a comfort, in that it confirms that the role of the facilitator is not an invisible one. Many articles appear so learner-focused, that it seems the educator is to be a silent, unseen force that allows the student to learn. This article reassures me that my role is still vital, that my intuition and actions are still what ultimately affects the learning of the adult student, and encourages me to embrace this new era of adult education.

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