A large mistake that education has made and continues to make is to treat the adult learner the same as the child learner.   Adults identify themselves with their specialty and prefer to engage in learning that is readily applicable to their profession.  The model of curriculum needs to be meaningfully tailored to self-directed and relate to the learners’ prior reservoir of knowledge.  The readings below and video capture the major differences between the child and adult learner.


1.  Wang, EE. (2011) Simulation and Learning, Dis Mon. 57(11):664-678. (CHSE)

2.  Knowles, M, (1998) What is Andragogy?, The Modern Practice of Adult Education: From Pedagogy to Andragogy. Prentice Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Cambridge Adult Education.