Understanding Andragogy: The Key to Adult Learning with Joyce Matthews

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

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Learning is a lifetime’s adventure, but, for many adults, a few bad experiences or a little bit of overconfidence can see them set in their ways and losing their love for learning.

In fact, this can be one of the greatest challenges we face as facilitators — entering professional environments in which participants are not primed or prepared for learning.

Joyce Matthews joins me in this episode to discuss the theory, practice, and nuance of adult learning. You may not be surprised to hear that facilitation plays a central role in it!

Find out about:

  • Why a shift from pedagogy to andragogy is the first step in improving adult learning
  • What makes adults more complex learners than children
  • How facilitation and emotional intelligence interact in the context of adult learning
  • Why training is fine for theory, but facilitation is required to embed deeper learning
  • How to make learning an exploration of the self, using inner and outer resources
  • Why adults benefit so greatly from ‘eye-level learning’ and how you can adopt it in your work 

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The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on https://workshops.work/podcast

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