Category Archives: Adult Education

We’re all adult learners now!

I’ve worked in business and industry for over 20 years writing technical documentation and training materials. All of this has made me reflect on how truly different learning is in the workplace as compared to how learning occurs in schools. Because … Continue reading

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How we Learn in Three Ways

Did you know that the brain has three distinct memory types — Semantic, Episodic, and Procedural memories? It’s an important point because the way we teach and learn has always been focused primarily on catering to one memory type — Semantic memory or memory … Continue reading

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Needed: More Learning in Context

We often compare academic classroom learning against trade-style or on-the-job training. Most people consider classroom learning as more rigorous, more in-depth, and “higher”. Why do you think this is? Is it based on fact? Somehow, we perceive that “training” is just easier than “education.” … Continue reading

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Why is Education Front-Loaded?

How can we educationally prepare for a life and career that will be radically different than what we know now? If you prepare for something, doesn’t it follow that you have to know what you are preparing for so you can design your path … Continue reading

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Why Everyone Should Embrace Mentoring

One of my very favorite PBS documentaries was entitled: “Is School Enough?” and it ran in the fall of 2012. In this documentary, there was shown a number of exceptional student cases. One of these cases was Kate. Kate was … Continue reading

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A Learning Mid-Life Crisis

We have all heard the terrible stories of people who lose their jobs, and then lose all hope for the future — even commit suicide. Why would someone do that? Why would someone end their life when there is always a … Continue reading

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What is Career Readiness?

There is an important fact that is too often overlooked when students are preparing for post-seconding education and their eventual career. It is that 60% of jobs will require some post secondary education, but only half of those (30%) will require a 4-degree. … Continue reading

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