March 1, 2020

I had the honor and privilege of working with Malcolm Knowles in 1972 as we developed a 30-minute video in cooperation with the Nebraska Education Television Council for Higher Education regarding his work in introducing the concept of “andragogy” to people in the United States. It aired periodically on the Nebraska Public Television network that year and then was available for viewing for several years after that. This interview with Malcolm provides a wonderful glance into both the thinking of Malcolm and how he initiated for many an understanding of self-directed learning. In light of both the Society’s new definition of SDL and our continued recognition of the value in honoring Malcolm’s 1975 definition, I recommend viewing this vintage video.   

July 2, 2017

After my Ph.D from the University of Michigan in 1970 I started as a professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Although initially I found success with scholarship, I was not pleased with myself as a teacher. Two things happened in 1972 that helped me change my approach to teaching and the primary focus of my research. I heard Allen Tough give a conference presentation on his work with adults’ learning projects. Then Malcolm Knowles came to our campus and talked about his work with andragogy. Because I had taken a course at the University of Michigan on creating instructional videos, my Chair asked me to work with Malcolm and the Nebraska Education Television Council for Higher Education to create a television segment related to teaching adults.

In preparation for that effort I re-read Malcolm’s book (The Modern Practice of Adult Education), created a plan for what might be covered in a 30 minutes instructional video, and spent 20 minutes with Malcolm prior to the taping. We de...

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