Andragogy as a study of adult learning originated in Europe in 1950’s and was then pioneered as a theory and model of adult learning from the 1970’s by Malcolm Knowles an American practitioner and theorist of adult education, who defi ned andragogy as “the art and science of helping adults learn” (Zmeyov 1998; Fidishun 2000).

What do you mean by ‘adult learning principles’?

Knowles (1980) identified the six principles of adult learning outlined below.

Want to know more?

Please take a moment to read the Reference Document 3.1: Clinical educators resource kit: principles of adult learning which the OTPEC-Q have applied to the role of clinical educator with students in clinical settings.