Andragogy refers to the practices and methods adopted for educating adults. The fundamental aspect of this education is to involve adults in the institution as an asset. It builds a structure that includes self-evaluation, expanding existing knowledge and problem-solving approach.
Andragogy is an area of education that uses life experiences as a part of learning and how adults can benefit from it in their personal and professional growth. It is the opposite of pedagogy, which means child-centric teaching.
Adults and children are different in their approach towards life and its lessons so they must be taught through different methods of teaching.
The term Andragogy was first introduced in the year in 1833 by a German teacher named Alexander Kapp. He mentioned that learning is a lifelong process, and apart from our teachers, our life gives us the biggest lessons. Since then, a lot of learning concepts for adults were explored by educators. Andragogy has combined the practical experiences of life for a complete learning experience for adults.
Andragogy focuses on the concept that adults tend to be more self-motivated, directed towards their goal, and keen to learn new things than the children. Hence, the requirement for an “Adult-Centric” approach for their learning is essential.
The unique learning style of an adult, if given a proper direction can help the adults excel in their fields. The teachings of Andragogy can be conducted through a plethora of modes like online teaching, group discussions, student-led classes. These methods make for an engaging and interactive session that can bring out the maximum potential from these students.