LearnTwist is a new twist on learning based on a learning theory called andragogy. Knowles (1980) originally defined andragogy as the art and science of helping adults learn, in contrast to pedagogy as the art and science of helping youth learn. But increasingly, educators find that applying the principles of andragogy produce superior learning among all learners at any age. The principles of andragogy support the development of self-directed independent learners as opposed to teacher-directed dependent learners.
Assumptions of the Andragogical Model of Learning (Knowles, 1980, 1995):
- People need to know the reason for learning something that makes sense to them.
- People move over time from dependency toward increasing self-directedness.
- People accumulate experiences that make them a rich resource for learning—for themselves and for others.
- People become ready to learn something when they experience a need or curiosity to learn it.
- People want to be able to apply tomorrow what they learn today.
- People are motivated to learn by internal incentives such as curiosity.
LearnTwist is based on learning contracts (Knowles, 1980) that foster self-directed learning. According to Knowles (1980), “something wonderful often happens when learners start identifying resources for learning” (p. 243).
LearnTwist fosters your self-directedness and your natural ability to learn from your own experiences and the experience of others. LearnTwist helps you see the dynamic nature of learning—sharing discoveries to get feedback on not only what you learned, but how you learned it (strategies and tactics). The evidence is proof that you did what you said you would do, and the validation is judgment on the learning by means of self reflection on its usefulness, an expert on the subject, or others participating in LearnTwist.
LearnTwist is a learning community where you create a learning plan; carry out the learning plan on your own; come back and share your discoveries; get feedback from others on LearnTwist; and then, adjust your learning plan, if needed, or create a new learning plan.
Enjoy the journey!
Knowles, M.S. (1980). The modern practice of adult education: From pedagogy to andragogy. NY, NY: Cambridge.
Knowles, M.S. (1995, November). Designs for adult learning: Practical resources, exercises, and course outlines from the father of adult learning. American Society for Training & Development Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.