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Students Site

If you are an active student of Successful Projects, and you have logged into the site, you will see your name in the drop down menu under "Students of PM".  This section of the site will contain your customized course syllabus, all of your online content, and your learning log. 


If you are not an active Successful Projects student, there are still a few items of interest in this section for you! 


Theory of Adult Learning

Successful Projects deals exclusively with adult learners. This means we specialize in "andragogy" - learning strategies focused on adults.


Knowles' Theory regarding andragogy was developed by the American educator Malcolm Knowles and it asserts that adult learning should be distinguished from pedagogy (child-learning), based on the following assumptions:

  1. Adults need to know the reason for learning something (Need to Know)
  2. Experience including error provides the basis for learning activities (Foundation).
  3. Adults need to be responsibile for their decisions on education; involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept).
  4. Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (Readiness).
  5. Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation).
  6. Adults respond better to internal versus external motivators (Motivation). This is why a self-directed approach is better for adults than 'taught' education.

Successful Projects has designed the Certificate in Project Management program and adult intelligent discovery learning activities based on these philosophies.



  • Knowles, M. (1975). Self-Directed Learning. Chicago. Follet.
  • Kowles, M. (1984). The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species (erd Ed.). Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing.
  • Knowles, M. (1984). Andragogy in Action. San Franciscon: Jossey-Bass.
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