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Interest continues to accelerate on the part of universities and corporate human resource development programs in helping adults to learn faster, think more intelligently, and problem-solve both independently and/or collaboratively. As it becomes crystal clear that improving skills in these areas has a marked effect on profit and loss, corporations are spending enormous amounts of money and time retraining their employees. Colleges and universities are also pioneering new ways of delivering instruction to adult learners. Community colleges in particular are now offering some of the more innovative adult learning programs around.

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On Searching for New Genes: A 21st Century DNA for Higher Education
Rick Smyre
A key challenge for the future will be to rethink many aspects of how we create learning experiences so that graduates will be prepared for a different kind of society, one that is constantly shifting, interdependent and increasingly complex.

The New Conversations About Learning: Insights From Neuroscience and Anthropology, Cognitive Science and Workplace Studies
Theodore J. Marchese
Theodore Marchese examines educational theory and finds much is about teaching and teachers. He looks for reasons why deep learning so seldom happens for participants in school settings, going back to past research and to contemporary work in the fields of neuroscience and anthropology, cognitive science and workplace studies to discover and ask thought-provoking questions and answers.

The Role of Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education
David L. Crawford
Professor discusses the characteristics of the adult learner and implications for higher education settings.

MITA's Five Phases for Renewed Higher Education
Ellen Weber
For the most part, secondary and higher education classes remain untouched by new visions that revitalize younger grades. So while teachers in training are told about reformed approaches based on the brain's capacity to learn well, few models exist to illustrate these practices in higher education classes. The MITA (Multiple Intelligence Teaching Approach) Center responds to local, national, and international requests to help revitalize secondary and higher education.

Five-Phases To PBL: MITA (Multiple Intelligence Teaching Approach) Model For Redesigned Higher Education Classes
Ellen Weber
A MITA Model could resolve the problems of student passivity, boredom, drudgery and disengagement in higher education classes.

The Internet as a Path to Adult Learning
Lori Pendley Kupczynski and Buddy Hooper
This study examines the historical and current trends in adult learning and how these can be applied to the Internet-based medium of teaching and learning.

Thoughts On Self-Directed Learning In Medical Schools: Making Students More Responsible
Professor K. Ramnarayan and Dr. Shymala Hande
Medical College Dean and Professor explain the importance of self directed learning in the education of health professionals.

Bridging the Gap Between Two Worlds
Erika Pierce
The author discusses how her work as a high school teacher is invaluable in her role as a university professor.

Out of Control and Into Order
Dee Hock
The leaders of today's most outstanding schools understand that top-down leadership does not create the kind of collaborative learning teams that every school needs. Dee Hock's seminal book should be read by everyone who wishes to create environments in which all students and teachers are successful.

Toward a Wisdom Society: An Interview with James Botkin
James Botkin offered the following reflections on No Limits to Learning and the current horizon of societal learning in an interview from his Cambridge office on January 11, 2001.

One Response to Special Needs in the Classroom: Utilizing College Students as an Untapped Resource
Christine Stickler
University of Washington Pipeline Program Director explains her outreach program that offers undergraduate students both educational and service opportunities to tutor students in public schools.

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Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas: Print and Oral Skills for all Students K-College
Rita and Marco Portales
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005

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