The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy

pedagogy-heutagogy-comparedThe Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy

by Terry Heick

Jackie Gerstein’s passionate thinking about learning is some of my favorite to read. She is rarely pulled down by trend or fad, but is unquestionably progressive and forward-thinking in her approaches to learning and thinking about learning.

She and I also share a passion: self-directed learning. (As does the original summarizer/author of the thinking embedded in table above, Lindy McKeown Orwin.)

I’m embarrassingly interested in any kind of learning at all–formal or informal, self-directed or teacher-centered, authentic or academic. Doesn’t mean I regard them all equally, but I do see a role for almost any system or approach that can cause, support, or glorify the processes of understanding.

Gerstein’s presentation, “Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy of Mobile Learning” uses the concept of mobile learning as a spearhead into a broader discussion of how people learn–different approaches, different domains, and different technologies. We recently shared some thinking about what “Education 3.0” might mean as well, and are nauseatingly effusive in our praise of self-directed learning. (And a primer on self-directed learning here as well.)

With the progress of technology and the rise in mobile learning, now more than ever Self-Directed Learning–or Heutagogy–isn’t just possible, but natural, and almost awkward to not use, something Gerstein capture’s thoroughly and with her characteristic passion in the presentation below.


  • Stewart Hase says:

    Hi, love the blog on heutagogy and yes, Jackie’s work is fantastic. She is contributing to our forthcoming book on heutagogy. But heutagogy is defined as self-determined learning not self -directed learning. The latter is a subset of the former. More intro about heutagogy can be found at our heutagogy community of practice site: Or I can send you some articles if you email me on

    Stewart Hase

  • Homeschool Mom and Gram says:

    I was shocked at this sentence in your article –
    “Her and I also both share a passion: self-directed learning.”

    “Her” is an object pronoun, not a subject pronoun. It would be correct to say “She and I.”

    Additionally, the word “both” is incorrectly used. You only need to say, “She and I also share….”

    You each would not share separately. Of course you “both” share. It would be impossible to share if it was only one of you. So, saying “she and I” is all you need to say.

    You could also leave out the word “also.”

    Just sayin’.

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