Adults and Professional Learning

EDU567 │ Elective Subject │ 10 credit points


This subject is aimed at school leaders who work with adult educators as learners. The subject investigates and applies theories associated with andragogy and its implications for adult learning. Knowles’ andragogical model is reviewed and compared with a range of alternative theories and models of adult learning. 

This subject provides educational leaders within Christian schooling an opportunity to critically evaluate and reflect on principles associated with adult learning from within a biblical worldview. They will develop an advanced knowledge in the field of adults as learners, and apply their knowledge to their own educational context.


EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education and EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge from contemporary research of the theory and practice of adult learning.
  2. Critically investigate a range of theories and models of adult learning from a biblically-informed perspective.
  3. Articulate the core principles of effective adult learning.
  4. Apply principles of andragogy to professional learning practices.
  5. Critically reflect on the concepts of choice, control, and biblical wisdom in adult learning.


Critical Reflective Pieces20%
Creative Presentation40%
Professional Learning Review40%

Subject content

  1. A theory of adult learning
  2. Andragogy in practice (part 1)
  3. Andragogy in practice (part 2)
  4. Theories of learning and teaching (part 1)
  5. Theories of learning and teaching (part 2)
  6. Adult learning and the idea of control
  7. Adult learning and being wise
  8. Leading culture.

Prescribed text and reading materials

Knowles, M. S., Holton, E. F., Swanson, R. A., & Robinson, P.A. (2020). The adult learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development (9th ed.). Routledge.

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.