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David Williams

Training Specialist , Arvato

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Is the increased maturity of children leading us to educate them wrong?

In modern first world culture children not have much more access to information through multimedia and technology. Censors are more lenient, mobile internet more prevalent, access to knowledge and people is easier than ever.

Children as a result are less likely to ask questions and may be more inclined to self educate in areas of curiosity and interest. Does this new access to to information that would be previously staggered and controlled mean that children are maturing quicker and education needs to account for this?

Adults learn because they want to or have to, unlike children can be told to, will this now change?

Do we need to take more form Andragogy to apply to our Pedagogies?


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    Sep 10 2013: In relation to your closing question of whether the principles of Andragogy should be applied to the pedagogy used for teaching children, I will paste here the principles of Andragogy from the wikipedia link Mary included below:

    Knowles' theory can be stated with six assumptions related to motivation of adult learning:[1][2]
    Adults need to know the reason for learning something (Need to Know)
    Experience (including error) provides the basis for learning activities (Foundation).
    Adults need to be responsible for their decisions on education; involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept).
    Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (Readiness).
    Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation).
    Adults respond better to internal versus external motivators (Motivation).

    I could be wrong, but I believe ANYONE trained as a teacher in the last twenty years in the United States has been taught to build their young students' learning experiences around these same principles. The focus on these principles in modern pedagogy is not related to access to computers/cell phones but rather to what research now indicates about how children learn best.
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      Sep 11 2013: Hey Fritzie,

      i think you hit the nail right on the head here with your in the US statement. Ireland and a lot of mainland Europe has a lot of traditional and legacy teachers who do not adopt these techniques. They are rejected as the believe that they are and always will be the subject matter experts and never respect the independent skills of learning of class room participant. A few places like the UK have developed more modern educational approaches but this is not the case in all the countries here and we are starting to feel the repercussions in the private sector as candidates are not developing the right skills during their educational lifecycle.

      There was a recent study of the top 100 3rd level education institutes in the world and not a single Irish institute had made the list as we hand not been involved in the education of any major directors from the worlds leading companies. I use Ireland as an example but Europe itself needs an educational reform.
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      Sep 11 2013: You really got to the root of it Fritzie.............yes, our training here appears to be centered around these same principles, regardless of the age of the students.

      That is why so many of us focused on the word maturity, verses pinpointing what you have stated.

      Thank you.

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