A paradigm shift is needed within the local church to better accomplish the task of equipping men and women for their teaching ministries to adult learners. And the field of self-directed learning may be that alternative avenue to consider. This article explores elements of participation research, examines the concept of self-directed learning, and highlights a self-directed learning model for use in training adults for their local church teaching ministries.
Andragogy has been readily accepted into the adult education lexicon. Although the term has won widespread recognition over the past 20 years, andragogical learning approaches have seldom been employed in the local church. This article will examine the four major assumptions of andragogy and draw practical implications for practice within the traditional adult Sunday School context.