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GratefulnessA Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

Main Article: FRONT MATTER


A HEARTY ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND APPRECIATION goes to each contributor to Classic Education. Any project of this magnitude owes them more than these words express. Together and separately our exchanges over time helped to formulate and refine two sets of descriptions: (1) of learning as social processes, and (2) of a learners’ view (ALV) of learning. In exchange, I ask for your favor to continue to accept my gratitude even when my efforts seem to yield less than you expect.

Layne P. Heiny of Tux Reports, Loren Heiny of Incremental Blogger, Jumping Minds, and Robots, Etc., Lora Heiny in the computer industry, and Elizabeth M. Heiny, a graphics designer, have been masterful in providing and supporting this site. They each have offered encouragement at crucial times and have improved Classic Education by sharing insights from their business and education backgrounds. It’s important to acknowledge that Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning would not exist without their efforts.

Too, the students, staff members, and other colleagues at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Brandeis University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others, contributed more background for this text than I can name separately. Above all, they provided intellectual environments that permitted developing pieces of this site. Together, uncounted hours of discussions and interactions with these people over the decades lead to clarifying the simplicity of points, principles, descriptions, and their uses for increasing learning in experimental and participant-observation research reports.

I especially thank Robert H. Audette, Barbara Bateman, Carl Bereiter, Bonnie Cook, J. Michael Coleman, Joseph J. Cunningham, Garbis Der YeghiayanGunnar Dybwad, Siegfried Englemann, Bernard Farber, Sandi Fox, Marc Gold,  J. E. Hulett, Samuel A. Kirk, Winifred D. Kirk, Betty Johnson, Ronald LukenbillT. Ernest Newland, Charles Rambo, Kathy Sakas, Ann Sanford, Charles Schottland, Betty Sibley, Robert J. Stachowiak, Gwen Webb-Johnson, and Jan Wetheral. Also, Richard C. Merges and Thomas H. Powell provided helpful administrative support.

Special appreciation goes to David L. Harvey for decades of sharing his relentless, insightful questions, and suggestions; to J. Jack Melhorn, who introduced me to the discipline of sociology and to conducting its empirical research; and to Robert A. Henderson for his ongoing friendship as well as professional guidance, encouragement, and support.

The stimulation of talking with computer and software developers, engineers, and architects, computer hardware representatives, entrepreneurs, and those courageous first adopters and inaugural personal computer website developers and bloggers contributed equally to that same end. Robert Scoble, Robert Hillman Reed, Rob Bushway, Kenneth Collura, Warner Crocker, Linda A. Epstein, Jane Chu-Prey, and the enthusiastic bloggers and users at the annual Consumer Electronics Show Tablet PC Gatherings, thank you for including me in your demonstrations and discussions about uses and potentials of advancing electronic communication equipment. I have tried to reflect those views throughout this site.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Clair Heiny and Wayne Sisson. Their repeated candid comments (using various phrases), “I don’t understand” (but they really do; they’re excellent problem solvers) reminds me to write for readers, not for myself. Joan Umscheid Heiny and Sarah M. Heiny Veto find weaknesses in the substances of posts that go beyond editing, then offer insights along with Cameron M. Kollwitz and Kimberly J. Kollwitz with sometimes disquiting but always helpful suggestions. Their efforts have improved the content and readability of Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning.

Many descriptions in Classic Education of a social view of how people learn appeared as drafts in The Tablet PC Education Blog. Responses to these drafts have enhanced the value of Classic Education. Other descriptions and lecture notes found use in university and professional conference presentations and reports to research and demonstration project funding agencies.

Deficiencies of Classic Education rest with me.

Related Reading

  1. Behind Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning
  2. Case for a Learners’ View (ALV) of Learning
  3. Preface to Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning
  4. Problem
  5. Purpose of Classic Education: A Learners’ View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning
  6. Trail to ALV (a Learners’ View) of Learning

Last Edited: May 27, 2015.

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