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Training in Brief #3 - Implications of the Models for Mentors

Shelley Inkster - Thursday, December 24, 2015


A subscription to either the andragogic model or the pedagogical model of learning carries with it certain implications for the mentor. The basic concern of people with a pedagogical orientation is content. Teachers and trainers with a strong pedagogical orientation will be strongly concerned about what needs to be covered in the learning situation; how that content can be organized into manageable units; the most logical sequence for presenting these units; and the most efficient means of transmitting this content.


In contrast to the pedagogic approach, the basic concern of people with an andragogic orientation is process.

A selection of instructive text from:


“The Adult Learner” 6th Edition, 2005
Malcolm Knowles, Elwood F Holton III, Richard A Swanson
Publisher: Elsevier Inc – Butterworth- Heinemann

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