Document Type



This study searched the literature providing an international research foundation for andragogy. Six themes have emerged: The evolution of the term; historical antecedents shaping the concept; comparison of American and European understandings; popularizing of the American concept; practical applications; and theory, research, and definition. Implications are provided for the practice of andragogy within the fields of adult, continuing, community, extension, and human resource development education.

Publication Date

January 2006

Publication Title

Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Extension, and Community Education