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Applying the 6 Key Adult Learning Principles to Yourself

February 24, 2014

It’s been years since Malcolm Knowles, considered by many to be the “father of adult learning,” articulated a set of six principles – or “assumptions,” as he put it – about how adults tend to learn differently from children. While anyone who is serious about creating and facilitating effective adult learning experiences should already be […]

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15 Minutes to a Less Biased Mind

February 5, 2014

A while back I planned to write series on barriers to learning, but I was stopped in my tracks when I tried to write about what I perceive as one of the most insidious barriers: cognitive bias. I was heartened, therefore to find a study recently that suggests hope for combatting cognitive bias. What is […]

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Exercise and Learning: 5 Recent Studies Strengthen the Connection

January 27, 2014

I’ve become somewhat fanatical about the “physical” side of learning – namely, exercise, diet, and sleep. I touched on sleep in a recent post (more of that to come), so I thought I’d take exercise for a spin this time around. (And I will, of course, get to diet in the future.) Evidence has continued […]

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5 Powerful Lifelong Learning Strategies for Your Toolbox

January 21, 2014

There is a good chance that, back in the day, you were not taught the most effective ways to learn. Certainly that seems to be the case today. In a recent article in American Educator, Kent State professor John Dunlosky reports that the texts used in education schools do not really prepare teachers very well […]

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Don’t Wake Her, She’s Learning: 3 Recent Studies Reinforce Importance of Sleep for Learning

January 13, 2014

I’ve never been a great sleeper. Now I have a 3-year old who seems to have inherited that trait. As a result, I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with both my own sleep and hers and that obsession has fueled a good bit of my research lately. We’ve known for a long time that sleep […]

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