Philosophies of Adult Education Below you'll find three tables which compare five kinds of educational philosophies (Liberal, Behaviorist, Progressive, Humanistic, and Radical). Table One includes: Information on the purpose of each philosophy and the roles of learners and teachers. Personal Philosophy of Adult Education. This is a foundation for education that honours and respects the student. Recognizing the nobility of the student allows her an active role in her own learning. The role of the teacher is to facilitate learning by drawing on the experience of the student, to build on that experience through the acquisition of new insights, knowledge and skills.
Engaging Adult Learners: Philosophy, Principles and Practices – Jim Bryson. Page 6 We are, after all, in the business of 'higher' education. And unless our expectations, for ourselves and for our students, reflect a commitment to higher learning and higher education, we lose sight of those goals. My personal philosophy of adult education is formulated to cultivate adult learners who can realize the aforementioned benefits of education. A key purpose of adult education is to enable adult learners to maximize their full potential.