Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 2-16-2024


Before we can discuss the science of how your students learn, we need to discuss how you teach. Do you lecture only? If you engage students in the learning, how do you engage them? We will answer these questions as we dive into adult learning theories and the concept of andragogy (learning outcomes). An understanding of different adult learning theories helped faculty select the best instructional strategies, learning objectives, and assessment approaches (Mukhalalati & Taylor, 2019). Being able to draw on learning theories to explain the impact of individual student differences on their learning outcomes helped faculty understand the student learning process (Mukhalalati & Taylor, 2019). How students preferred to learn changed from being instructor-led to a more self-directed approach (Self-concept) (Knowles, 1984). Adults had lots of experience from which they drew knowledge and references, and we can take from these experiences and learn from them (Adult Learner Experience) (Knowles, 1984). How can we apply this approach in our classroom?