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7 - Malcolm Knowles, Training & Learning Visionary Dies

(1) Malcolm Knowles, Training & Learning Visionary Dies: On Thanksgiving Day, Malcolm Knowles, the "father" of adult education died quickly and painlessly of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 84.

Knowles was one of my heroes and inspirations. He introduced the concept of Andragogy, focusing on the unique and exciting characteristics of adult learning. I met Knowles at an ASTD meeting in my early twenties. He filled the room, used a dozen forms of training techniques and created an AH-HA learning reality for each of the 200 people in the session.

Knowles was a continual advocate of learner choice and the importance of discovery and curiosity. His belief in the role of the learner's motivation is at the heart of the best training programs on the planet. Few people have had as much to do with creating our profession and field as Malcolm Knowles. Much of what I believe about training was triggered by the work and vision of Knowles.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family has asked that donations can be made to the Malcolm S. Knowles Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc., 325 Administration Building, Fayetteville AR 72701. The MASIE Center is donating $1,000 to this fund on behalf of TechLearn Trends readers. We will deeply miss him.

With Great Respect,
Elliott Masie

If you are interested in a listing of books about Adult Learning by Knowles, go to

2) The Road to On-Line Learning LAB & Seminar will be held in Saratoga Springs, New York on January 12th and 13th, 1998 This is a unique, non-commercial, hands-on lab for managers and decision makers taught by Elliott Masie. Special rates for MASIE Center members. For information and registration: or 800-98-MASIE.

TechLearn 1998 Dates Announced: November 15 to 18, 1998 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Registrations now being accepted at 800-98-MASIE and

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