Pedandragogy: A Way Forward to Self-Directed Learning

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A debate that has engaged the attention of educators and scores of intellectuals is the longstanding issue of pedagogy versus andragogy. The nature of the debate, given the interdisciplinary theoretical assumptions that underpin the issue, has had a polarizing effect on these scholars; as a result, there has been the emergence of competing theories. This paper addresses the salient issues in the longstanding debate concerning the merits and demerits of pedagogy and andragogy and posits a new model, pedandragogy, which is a synthesis of the core elements of pedagogy and andragogy. Pedandragogy is a model that promotes and encourages the development of effective learning environments where self-engaged learning by individuals of all ages can be fostered.

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pedagogy and andragogy and posits a new model, pedandragogy, which is a synthesis of the core elements of pedagogy and andragogy. Pedandragogy is a model that promotes and encourages the development of effective learning environments where self-engaged learning by individuals

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of all ages can be fostered.

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Pedandragogy: A Way Forward to Self-Engaged Learning
In today’s competitive intellectual environment, one can easily become inundated with theoretical assumptions and intellectual jargon of varying kinds to the extent that we can gloss over the salient issues that had been hatched in the sweltering incubators of intellectual inquiry by many of the great minds that have gone before us. As intellectuals, we operate in a universe of theoretical development, where one theory is consistently being challenged by another in a quest

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to prove it false, obsolete, or irrelevant. Mintzberg (2004), in Theory about the Development of Theory, argued that, “a good theory is one that holds together long enough to get you a better theory” (p. 356). It is in this dialectical model of learning that we, in academia, as researchers,

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scholars, and teachers stimulate thought and offer knowledge to those who sit at our feet—

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wondering, thinking, and not knowing” (p. 356).

One debate that has engaged the attention of educators and scores of intellectuals is the longstanding issue of pedagogy versus andragogy. We must point out from the onset of this

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discussion a fact well known by anyone who has even casually looked at either of the two concepts, that there is no lack of scholarly writing and literature on the topic. The nature of the

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debate, given the interdisciplinary theoretical assumptions that underpin the issue, has had a polarizing effect on these scholars, and we have seen the emergence of some competing theories as a consequence.

This paper addresses the salient issues in the longstanding debate...

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