May 09, · Malcolm Shepherd Knowles ( – ) was an American educator well known for the use of the term Andragogy as synonymous to adult education. According to Malcolm Knowles, andragogy is the art and science of adult learning, thus andragogy refers to any form of adult learning. (Kearsley, ). Malcolm Knowles is considered the father of adult learning theory. Because pedagogy is defined as the art and science of teaching children, European adult educators coined the word andragogy to identify the growing body of knowledge about adult learning.
In , Knowles founded the Adult Education Association of the United States and served as its executive secretary until when he began his teaching career. Knowles' first teaching position was at Boston University, where his study of informal adult . Andragogy (Adult Learning Theory) Andragogy, also known as adult learning theory, was proposed by Malcom Shepard Knowles in [i] Previously, much research and attention had been given to the concept of pedagogy – teaching children. Knowles recognized that there are many differences in the ways that adults learn as opposed to children.
Jun 30, · However, it is Malcolm Knowles () who is credited for the popularity of the term andragogy as we know it. An educator in the central 20th century, he focused on the science behind adult education in the United States. Malcolm Shepherd Knowles (August 24, – .