PIDP 3100 – Roles in Adult EducationAn interesting paper written by Danney Ursery from St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas.

Moral Leadership and the Role of the Adult Educator

My summary of this article:

The author of this article presents a very interesting perspective.  This article doesn’t present a laundry list of the various roles of an adult educator.  Rather, he takes the stance that amongst the roles of the educator, more emphasis should be given to the moral responsibility of the educator.

We shouldn’t be simply teaching a student raw data, intent on supplying organizations with employees trained in a restricted template of skills needed to perform their job.  By doing so, we’re merely supplying certified workers to society.  We need to   encourage and teach that critical thinking, social responsibility, and morally responsible leaders are desired over students created for economic needs.

PIDP 3100 – Trends in Adult EducationAn article by Carol Kasworm from

Trends in adult education: New possibilities for preparing the information workforce

Trends in Adult Education

My summary of this article:

This author of this paper presents what is probably an accurate description of current trends in adult education.  That is, the   primary goal appears to be intent on education for workforce enhancement.

This trend is driven by economics. Today’s workers also need to update their skills more often or learn new skills at a rate that didn’t occur in previous generations.  Modern society seems to be heading towards a life-long learning model.  In previous generations, workers often worked long periods of their career without need to learn different skills.  This trend of life-long learning tends to focus educators toward developing learners that are flexible and able to respond to change and skill requirements at an accelerated pace.

Technology is helping drive new trends, such as remote learning, self-directed learning, and formal learning.  Prior generations didn’t have the ability to sit at a computer and logon to a remote learning environment.  Technology has also enabled remote learning centers to offer their courses to a mass audience of learners but many of these centers don’t necessarily have adequate educators or curriculum.

PIDP 3100 – Building a knowledge bank in the glossaryStaying Sharp_ Learning As We Age

An article on the effects of aging as it relates to learning.  How does aging affect our ability to learn?  How does aging affect our memory?  How can we improve our ability to learn and remember?

Brutal Truths About the Aging Brain

From the “Discover” website, this article if taken from the October 2012 Discover magazine.

This article discusses the impact of aging on four principle areas of learning and memory: Senses, memory, knowledge, and Intelligence.  Similar to other findings, these four areas appear to be inevitably prone to degradation as we age. The rate of degradation varies among individuals and appears to be influenced by genetics, lifestyle, and regularly ‘exercising’ the brain.

How Researchers Studying the Aging Brain Have It Wrong

Since this section of the PIDP 3100 course is related to effectively searching and validating information, I include this as a contrast to my other links.

This article discusses the topic of learning as we age, but generally takes a different stance of the topic.  Coincidentally, the author references the article in my previous link, “Brutal Truths About the Aging Brain”.

The author writes in a loose, non-academic manner.  I can’t base authenticity or credibility on his writing style; in fact, I find it refreshing.  On his site, the “About Bill Allin” page states: “Canadian sociologist, philosopher and educator of children and adults”

I followed the author’s links to his own website, including his bio, but I couldn’t find any credentials anywhere.  I also searched other sites but found no evidence of formal education or certifications.

Without any reference to credentials, I can only guess at the validity of his article.  At the worst, I can take this article as merely a statement of opinion.  I’m not suggesting that invalidates his conclusions, merely that the article doesn’t appear to be based upon any empirical evidence or study.


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