Applying the Andragogical Model of Adult Learning: A Case Study of the Texas Comptroller’s Fiscal Management Division
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The training offered by the Fiscal Management Division constitutes a significant cost for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. According to Malcolm Knowles’s andragogical model of adult learning, adult learners should be taught differently than child learners. The purpose of this research is three-fold. First, the components of an andragogical class are developed and explained. Second, regularly scheduled Fiscal Management training classes are assessed using the components. Third, recommendations on ways to improve the training classes are offered.
Data collected from a focus group of Fiscal Management trainers and a Web-based survey of students are used. The trainers were asked about their classes in general terms. Their opinions are compared to the components of an andragogical class. Students were asked about each particular class they attended. Survey results are compared to pre-established benchmarks in order to generalize whether students believe that Fiscal Management training classes parallel each component.
The data reveals that the Fiscal Management training classes do not align with the andragogical model. Even so, at least one of the two groups expressed opinions that align with the model on five of the six components. By following the recommendations presented, trainers can bring their classes closer to the model.