How do adults learn?

  • SK Kwa

Abstract

It is the professional responsibility of Family Doctors to trainthe next generation of physicians. This can be daunting tonovice mentors because until recently, learning how to teachhas never been in the medical curriculum. The problem ismade more challenging when the learners are adults. In orderto be an effective mentor, you will have to thoroughlyunderstand your learners. This paper aims to provideinformation on the special characteristics of adult learners andits implications on teaching-learning.The term “andragogy”was first introduced by the educationist Malcolm Knowles whodefined it as the “art and science of helping adults to learn”.Box 1 lists the special characteristics on which the principlesof adult learning are based. (copied from article)

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Published
2012-03-31
How to Cite
KwaS. (2012). How do adults learn?. Malaysian Family Physician, 2(1), 2. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/134
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Original Articles