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Andragogic Guiding Principles

What is Andragogy?

Andragogy focuses specifically on adult training and education.

Typically the learning is very self directed, hands on and not very reliant on an instructor or teacher. Often the learner doesn’t have the foundation to build upon and will need to learn other dependent skills and assess gaps in knowledge.

Six Guiding Principles

At BHS SWITZERLAND, we apply the Six Guiding Principles of Andragogy:

  1. Self-concept: As a person matures his self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being

  2. Experience: As a person matures he accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.

  3. Readiness to learn: As a person matures his readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his social roles.

  4. Orientation to learning: As a person matures his time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject-centeredness to one of problem-centeredness.

  5. Motivation to learn: As a person matures the motivation to learn is internal