A Philosophy for Teaching and Learning in Emerging Adulthood

Sara Flowers


During the phase of emerging adulthood between the late secondary and early college years, students are in their greatest need of a teaching and learning philosophy that matches their development. Pedagogy is a philosophy of teaching children and andragogy addresses the teaching and learning that happens in adulthood. It is now time to discuss ephebagogy; the teaching and learning that happens for young people in late secondary and early tertiary settings. In this developmental phase students need environments that offer relevance, revelation, responsibility, and relationships. During emerging adulthood and budding citizenship the learners need experiences that are relevant to who they are and who they will become. They need the world revealed to them in ways that brings the outside into the classroom and takes them outside of the classroom. Responsibility for their own learning and the responsibility to choose how learning will happen and how it will be assessed are important to a group coming into their own citizenship. Last, relationships between students, teachers and the world of which they are a part are the social element to make learning stick.

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