It has a long history of evolution and development. It was coined by Kapp Alexander in 1833. Chan notes that Knowles was instrumental in developing Andragogy into a theory in adult education. Knowles andragogical perspective is based on six assumptions. These include self-concept, readiness to learn, role of experience, internal motivation, orientation of learning and the need to know (Chan 26).
The author outlines the importance of human capital development to the global economy. He notes that for businesses to survive, there is the need to invest in modern machinery, technological advancements and human capital (Chan 28). The latter factor is crucial when it comes to keeping up with the transformations that are taking place in the business environment. He notes that the competitive advantage of various businesses can be sustained via human capital development. The main objective of today’s education is to produce individuals that have multifaceted training. The Knowles’ andragogical approach of education provides a solution to most of the problems that pertain to human capital development (Chan 27).
The author then delves into the applications of Knowles’ Andragogy. He notes of a previous research demonstrating that Andragogy has been adopted by various countries in multidisciplinary teaching and learning. Some of these countries include England, Germany and Russia. Chan also notes that the Andragogical approach has been incorporated into various disciplines including education, criminal justice, medicine, management and police training (Chan 28).
The author highlights several accounts that review the use of Knowles’ Andragogy in various fields and disciplines. He begins with Forrest (2006), who claimed that Andragogy is crucial in management education (Chan 28). Chan notes that incorporation of andragogical approach in management helps in the preparation of students for the working environment. Management instructor can tailor the ...Show more