Why is adult learning different? Or is it?
Since the first adult learning theory was developed it has been argued that adults learn differently because, among other things, they bring with them experiences that young children don’t.
Andragogy (how adult learn) differs from Pedagogy (how children learn) in that pedagogy does not address prior experiences. To this extent we can say that they are different, however, even with young learners, andragogical or a mix of andragogical-pedagogical approaches, work better than purely pedagogical ones. The reason for this is simple; we retain and understand better those things that relate to our experience or real world situations.