SLHRD Professor, Park, Published in International Human Resource Development Journal


Dr. Sunyoung Park, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), has co-authored an article about cognitive science and andragogy in the European Journal of Training and Development.

The article aims to link recent findings in cognitive neuroscience in order to better understand how andragogically-informed instructional practices impact cognition and learning. 

“Andragogy has a long history of application in adult education,” Park said. “In management education, the way we purport to train and prepare future organizational leaders has begun to delve into the topic.”

Park said andragogy has been widely debated within scholarly literature, but the application of its core assumptions (self-directed learning, inclusion of prior experience, readiness to learn, and immediacy of application) has not been widely tested. Her paper examines the relationship between cognitive neuroscience and learning. 

Practical and theoretical implications include a renewed examination of how instruction in management education can be informed by cognitive neuroscience, Park said. Deeper examination of how and where specific techniques can be used to activate brain functions, ultimately embodying andragogy in management education and human resource development practice.

For more information: Hagen, M., & Park, S. (2016). We knew it all along! Using cognitive science to explain how andragogy works. European Journal of Training and Development, 40(3), 171 – 190. 

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