The phrase “adult learning theory” is much bandied about in corporate training circles. But, do you know what it actually means?

First, a myth-buster. There is NO one adult learning theory. There are several prevalent theories that all explain— from different perspectives—how adults learn.

In this article specifically we will address: 1) andragogy, 2) experiential learning, 3) transformational learning. There are many other theories though! However, all of them have one main goal: they help you create effective learning experiences for the adult corporate learner.