Well done is better than well said.
~ Benjamin Franklin
The prospect of being better through self-improvement at something is easy to say. Actually being better at something though is part art and part science.
Let's review a little adult learning theory.
Andragogy is a concept popularized by Malcolm Knowles in his 1970 book, The Modern Practice of Adult Education.
In fact, Knowles referred to andragogy as “the art and science of helping adults learn”.
Let's break that down and then we will discuss why it matters.
There are six (6) basic assumptions or pillars of adult learning, summarized below. Each pillar suggests that all of us as adult learners recognize:
- 1There must be a reason that we need to obtain knowledge on a topic.
- 2That our experiences (good and bad) are the foundation for learning.
- 3That we desire to be self-directed which provides greater input in the planning, evaluation and decisions of our instruction.
- 4That the most interesting learning subjects also bear immediate relevance to our work and/or personal lives.
- 5That our learning is more focused on problem solving than in simply gaining knowledge.
- 6That we respond better to internal motivators rather than external motivators.
Now let me add three (3) assumptions of my own based on the above principles:
- 1You are here because you desire to learn something, be better at something or achieve something.
- 2You want to be respected for what you know and not ridiculed for what you don't know.
- 3You want to build actual skills, abilities and knowledge that you can use to make your life easier, better or more efficient. And you don't want needless theory, endless discussion or inexperienced facilitators. In other words, you want "Tactical and Practical".
We're adult learners too and frequently spend time on BOTH sides of the classroom, as instructors and as participants.
These experiences forge a simple, non-negotiable premise here:
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So, art and science? Yep, that's the aim here.
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