Word of the day “andragogy”

the methods or techniques used to teach adults: Many educators believe that the principles of andragogy, as advanced by Malcolm Knowles, have great relevance to adult education; others are not so certain.

… in the technology of andragogy there is decreasing emphasis on the transmittal techniques of traditional teaching and increasing emphasis on experimental techniques which tap the experience of the learners and involve them in analyzing their experience.
Malcolm Knowles, The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species, 1973
We focus on adults and so prefer to use the term โ€œandragogy.โ€ We’ve found that adults have their own specific challenges in the learning journey, and we’ve specifically set up to address them.
Michael Horn, “What the Closure of Bootcamps Means for the Industry’s Future,” Forbes, August 3, 2017


English andragogy is modeled upon pedagogy, which ultimately comes from Greek paidagลgรญa โ€œthe function of a paidagลgรณs,โ€ by extension โ€œeducation.โ€ A paidagลgรณs, literally โ€œchild guide,โ€ was a slave who walked a child to and from school. Paidagลgรณs is a compound formed from paid-, inflectional stem of paรฎs โ€child,โ€ and agลgรณs โ€œguide,โ€ a derivative of the verb รกgein โ€œto lead, take away, carry.โ€ The combining form andr- of andragogy is one of the stems of the Greek noun anแธ—r (aner-, andr-) โ€œmanโ€ (as opposed to a woman or child). Greek anแธ—r comes from Proto-Indo-European ner-, วner-, source of Sanskrit nรกr โ€œman, human,โ€ and the Latin proper name Nerล. According to Roman grammarians, nero among the Sabines, a rural people that lived northeast of Rome, meant fortis ac strenuus โ€œbrave and energetic.โ€ In Celtic (Welsh) Proto-Indo-European ner- becomes ner โ€œhero.โ€ Andragogy entered English in the 20th century.


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