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Who started the concept of adult learning?

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Asked by T. Wikati, Last updated: Jan 28, 2020

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Mike John

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Mike John, Content Explorer, MCA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Answered Dec 19, 2018

Adult education and learning are a critical concept, whether it is for furthering one's career, going to school to obtain a degree or to extend a current degree. Adults can use their life learned resources to receive credit by challenging specific courses and then they may find that they only need to take limited classes to earn their college degree.

This idea is not a new one in that it was first put into play back in 1833, by Alexander Kapp who was of German descent. Eugene Rosenstock-Huessy furthered the theory, known as Andragogy and then in more recent times the model of adult education was pursued by Malcolm Knowles, who was an educator in the United States. Many colleges provide distance learning, which is internet based or some that work with working adults to further their education and to advance their careers or to help start one.

 

G. Roland

G. Roland, Professor, Austin

Answered Sep 25, 2018

Adult learning is also known as Andragogy. This is a term that is created by Alexander Kapp but it was further researched by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. It was not widely used in the past until it was mentioned by Malcolm Knowles. Since then, more and more people have started to use the term “adult learning” to describe people who would like to go back to college even when they are way beyond their college years.

There is nothing wrong with learning even when you are already an adult. As long as you are passionate and you like what you are learning about, then things will fall into place.

 

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