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The intrapersonal style of learning lies at the core of what Malcolm Knowles envisioned as a major part of the andragogical model. Knowles believed that adults learn as a result of a "reservoir of experiences that can be used as a basis on which to build learning." This reservoir has to be communicated and clarified internally. Knowles understood that the andragogical model of learning can be seen as intrapersonal in its nature because of its need for the individual learner to validate the presence of their own "reservoir."
Knowles envisioned a primary difference between andragogical teaching and pedagogical teaching in the presence of this "reservoir." Unlike the pedagogical model where it is developing, the andragogical model of learning posits that it is already established and requires reflection that is "self- directed." When like- minded adults who possess their own "reservoirs of experience" are able to share it with others, a bazaar of ideas emerges. For the intrapersonal mode of learning, being able to see this collection of experiences enables their own experience to be better understood. Through the examination and sharing of others' "reservoirs," an individual's own learning in the andragogical model becomes evident through reflection and self- directed understanding.
The intrapersonal learning style in which an individual seeks to articulate their own condition of learning in a language or mode of recognition that is clear to them is reflected in the andragogical model of instruction. The ability to enhance the individual learner of "self- directedness" is where understanding others' reservoir of experience can enable the individual learner's self- understanding to emerge. This reflection is enhanced through an intrapersonal learning style.
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