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The Learning Continuum: Pedagogy Vs Andragogy

          Dr. Deryck D. Pattron

The Problem

Pegagogy and Andragogy are often problematic concepts in the learning

environment and needs further clarification, if these concepts are to be used

as effective tools in developing effective teaching and learning strategies for

diverse audiences in the twenty-first century and beyond.

The word pegagogy has its roots in Greek and it pertains to teaching of

children or yound persons. It is the companion word to andragogy. Andragogy was

first used by Dr. Malcolm Knowles and pertains to adult learning. Provided

below are some simple explanatory inormation on the meaning of both peagogy and


Pedagogy vs Andragogy

  • Dependent vs Self-directed learning
  • Subject focused vs Problem-solving focused
  • Value of teacher experiences vs Value of learner experiences
  • Age appropriate tasks vs Developmentally appropriate tasks
  • External rewards vs Internal incentives


--Drpattron 14:02, 21 January 2010 (UTC)