Andragogical Assumptions and Christian Education

From: Volume IX, Issue 3: Spring 1989 Pages 51-58


The development of andragogy as an educational approach has proven to be beneficial in the secular world. It is unclear, however, to what extent andragogical assumptions are present in adult Christian education. This article surveys four popular adult Christian education texts to determine the extent to which the four basic assumptions of andragogy (as delineated by Malcolm Knowles) are present. It is found that while the texts show the presence of these assumptions to some degree, they are inconsistent in their application. Implications for adult Christian education are discussed.



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