Andragogical Education In The Digital Era: Issues And Prospects
In recent decades, the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning has increased significantly. Digital technologies have aid education and contributed to better learning and teacher-student and student-student collaborations both within and outside of the formal classroom. This however is not without challenges. This paper therefore, examines the issues and prospects in the use of ICT in andragogical education (adult education). The paper is based on library research rather than on field research. However author’s experience as a teacher herself came to bear in the analysis of the information she found, and in developing and expressing her ideas. The paper began with conceptual clarification of two key concepts; pedagogy and andragogy. The role of ICT in education generally and in andragogy in particular was then explained. The issues relating to ICT integration in andragogy were identified and, being the focus of the paper, discussed critically vis-à-vis the prospects they present for ICT-based andragogy. The issues identified and discussed are broadly three – access, attitude and confidence. The findings are that there is very little access to ICT in andragogicalcentres both in terms of availability and affordability. This situation was compounded by negative attitude to ICT use in andragogy both by teachers and learners.Closely related to the negative attitude to ICT is absence of confidence in the use of ICT even by the teachers, whereas willingness for the use of ICT by young and adult students is determined by the teachers’ confidence towards its use. Within each of the three broad issues discussed, prospects for ICT-based andragogical education were identified and recommendations to harness the prospects were offered.
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